Summary: What are You willing to give to God?
Unlocking God’s Blessing’s
1 Sam 7:1-14
And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him.
And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.
Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
Sacrifice: To kill or slaughter for a purpose. Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
an Offering was given before Samuel “cried out to the Lord for Israel.”
The Five Types of Sacrifice
(Whole Burnt Offering). Lv. 1:1-17. An unblemished male animal (not a wild animal, but one you had to put money and work into) or a bird.
Grain Offering (minah) of cereal, flour mixed with oil and wine. Lv 2:1-16. Offered for the sin of the offender. Only a small portion was burnt. The majority went for support of the priests.
Peace offering or Communion sacrifice. Lv 3:1-17. Emphasizes the union between God, who receives a small part that is burnt, and the donor, who also receives the major part. The victim could be male or female. It could not be a bird, which would be too small to share with God and the family of the donor.
Sin offering (freeing from the sin offering) hatta’t, Lv. 4:1-5:13. Something sacred has been violated and reparation needs to be made. The dignity of the person making the offering determines the animal. A bull is needed for a priest or the whole community. A goat can serve for a lay offender. A key part of this ceremony is the sprinkling of the victim’s blood on the altar. If the offence has been committed by a priest or the whole community, blood must also be sprinkled on the altar of incense in the holy part of the temple and on the curtain of the holy of holies. The fat is burnt. The priests get the rest if it was an offering for the sin of an individual. The guilty person gets nothing. However, if it was offered for the sin of the whole community, the other portion was thrown on the refuse heap.
Guilt offering – reparation for an offence that requires some kind of restitution. It pays God back for something we should have given or done.