All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. – Exodus 35:22 NIV
GotQuestions defines a wave offering as “a portion of a sacrifice presented to God, then released by God for the use of those involved in the sacrifice.” For instance, offerings brought to God at the tabernacle and later the temple would feed the Levite priests and their families. The Levites themselves were a kind of wave offering, serving God first in the tabernacle and then the temple in the stead of the first born males from each tribe; in turn, they were taken care of by the rest of Israel.
What makes “wave offerings” so interesting is that, even though there is a sacrifice, in God’s goodness the offering itself becomes a blessing. God doesn’t hoard offerings; God doesn’t need offerings. But sometimes we need the act of offering to bring us back to God.
We no longer need to bring sacrifices to God; Jesus took care of that. But perhaps this week we should consciously bring ourselves back to God in prayer and in worship, knowing that while these acts require a sacrifice of time, intentionality, humility and repentance, in God’s generosity and love they become blessings to us and to others.
Lord, grant me the mercy of being a living sacrifice to you. Amen.