Have you ever wondered why we lift our offerings unto the Lord and wave it before Him? I would honestly be lying if I said that the thought had never crossed my mind. In my personal time of devotion this morning, the answer finally arrived. I must admit that it brought great delight to my soul…almost as though I had found a great treasure. The answer provided in Leviticus 23:10, 11:
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, ‘When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you…”
There is a threefold purpose underlying this principle: 1) it is an act that sanctifies the offering for its special use in the service of God, 2) to give thanks for the present offering, and 3) to ask God for His blessings on the harvests to come. In addition to the manner in which we render our firstfruits unto God, when we are instructed to wave our hands before the Lord, likewise, we are: 1) sanctifying ourselves for the special use in the service of God, 2) we are thanking God for the present life that He has graced us with, and 3) we are thanking Him for His blessings upon our lives in the days to come.
There is always a reason for why we engage in certain actions as a part of our worship experience. If we would seek the Lord for understanding, He is delighted to bring greater illumination and understanding to us…after which there is no longer a need to wonder…#thinkonthesethings