A House of Sacrifice

At a Building dedication the pastor was preaching from 2 Chronicles 7, when Solomon was dedicating the temple in Jerusalem. After all the sacrifices had been made and Solomon had prayed God answers Solomon and Israel with these words, “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place to Myself for a house of sacrifice.” That particular statement caused me to think in terms of the buildings we call our houses of worship. The question I wonder is do we make these places “houses of sacrifice”? The simple answer would be to say yes, we offer the sacrifice of praise that spoken of in Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praiseto God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”
I think the harder answer can be found in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore brethren that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
The Old Testament sacrifce involved the giving of the firstfruits, the first born, the best that they had. It literally was a sacrifce on their part. God sacrificed His firstborn, his firstfruit, his best for all mankind. All we truly have to offer is ourselves to God. Our worship should involve the sacrifice of our selves at the altar of God. It’s something to think about.

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