I truly enjoy Bible Journaling. It gives me time with Yahusha; to consider His word and apply it to my life. Are you a whole burnt offering before Yahuah? When you give Him an offering, is it superficial, or do you give all you have?
“ ...and David danced before the LORD with all his might;” - 2 Samuel 6:14 KJV.
As you prepare for Shabbat, ask yourself what a whole burnt offering is. Once you've answered that question, consider ways to commit yourself to be a burnt offering before Yahuah.
"There is a difference between giving an offering and making a sacrifice. Offerings are willing contributions that you freely give while sacrifices cost you something. When we become a whole burnt offering like King Dauid in 2 Samuel 6:14, we freely give an offering to Yahuah but also commit ourselves to give everything we have until there is nothing left. For King Dauid, that meant dancing with all his might to the point that his clothes fell off. When we do this, our offering becomes a sacrifice and a sweet aroma to Yahuah's nostrils. (Excerpt from the Image Above ) Let's talk about it."
Despite popular belief, we must become a whole burnt offering to please Yahuah. The world would have you believe that you are "good" the way you are and have bred a society hell-bent on inclusivity and acceptance. For so long, we have been taught the "come as you are" mentality in every aspect of our lives that when Yahuah tells us to change our lives and work towards healing and restoration, we kick against the prick because we can't see how our identity is made up of traumas and a false identity. When we find rest in our traumas and false identities, we find ourselves sitting in a place where we seek acceptance and validation from the world instead of our creator.
Yahuah is the same today as He was yesterday and doesn't change. He requires the same level of set-apartness that He required from our forefathers, yet, we want to be included in a society that is so far removed from Him. This inclusivity we desire is not a new concept; rather, it is the same sin our ancestors repeatedly committed.
It doesn't matter what you planned to do in your life or whatever you were doing when Yahusha called; you must heed His call and ascend. This means that you must shed this captivity physically, mentally, and spiritually. By doing that, you can begin to recognize the authority you have according to the adoption of sons and daughters by Yahusha HaMashiach. As a son or daughter, you have to possess and maintain self-control, discipline, and dedication to fulfill the word spoken to you. Once you do this, you can ascend.
To become a whole burnt offering before Yahuah, you have to throw away your previous understanding of sacrifice. It is not doing or giving the excess or what has been instructed. That is what our ancestors did. They gave what was required, but it didn't affect them in the way intended by Yahuah. They had vainly made sacrifices to absolve themselves of their sin and transgression without suffering or consequence. Mark 7:10-13 talks about this very thing. Giving instead of making a genuine sacrifice is not enough. Instead, providing an acceptable sacrifice means that you give EVERYTHING! It has to cost you something. Just like the woman with the alabaster box, she didn't have much, but what she had, she gave it all.
When we look at King Daud, we can only imagine how hard he had to dance in order to dance right up out of his clothes. He must have left all he had on the "dancefloor." What are you giving up in your worship of Yahuah? Are you giving everything to Him or only the easy stuff. Being a whole burnt offering is hard, but with Yahusha, anything is possible.
But Yahusha beheld their thoughts, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but if they will forsake all things for my sake, with Yahuah whatsoever things I speak are possible. - Matthew 19:26