Friday, December 5, 2014

The Sacrifice of praise?...Really? 2!

Hey People, welcome again, talking about the sacrifice of praise still, so here’s what I found out.
To get the full gist of what I’m sharing, please read my earlier post. Just click on this link right here!
The fact is that praise should be our culture (according to my sister 3JI) indeed our consistent way of life, it is neither a reward given to God for his goodness and kind acts, nor a “sacrifice” in the self denial sense of the word when things are not working out the way we want them to, rather it should be our reality in good or in bad.
 Now you may be thinking there’s nothing different from what we’ve heard all along and let me be quick to say that the truth is that it encompasses both of this thoughts, but the answer or revelation for me lies in the intended meaning of the word “sacrifice”. The sacrifice of praise is primarily for the mercies of redemption. According to Rosenmuller ( Alte u. neue Moergenland, in loc) the Jews had a species of offerings which they called peace or friendship offerings. These were designed not to produce peace or friendship with God, but to preserve it. Burnt offerings, sin offerings and trespass offerings were designed to remove transgression.  But in the peace offering s the offerer was regarded as one who stood in the relation of a friend with God and the offering was a sign of thankful acknowledgement for favors received. …or as a means to continue themselves in the friendship and favor of God (Lev 7: 11-12)(Barnes Bible commentary)
Basically according to Barnes in his commentary,  Back in the day, along with the peace offerings and the sin offerings there was also an offering set aside which was called the praise offering otherwise known as thanksgiving offerings (2ch 29:31, peace offerings (2Ch 33:16))in which unlike the sin  offering which were being offered for the removal or forgiveness of offence,  was offered to acknowledge celebrate and be grateful for the relationship which the almighty God , had graciously allowed his children to have with him. It was a constant and consistent offering which they had to fulfill just as they were obliged to fulfill the other offerings. It is safe to say therefore, that the phrase sacrifice of praise simply can be rendered as “offering of praise” or “praise offering”.  
So in our day,  our sacrifice of praise should mean a constant and consistent offering / expression with words or otherwise, of gratitude and thanks giving for the salvation Christ wrought for us, which has placed us in a place of right standing with our heavenly father (Col 1:12). It should be in my opinion a non negotiable aspect of our lives which should be unshakeable regardless of circumstance. (God help us!)
 This sacrifice/offering is that which according to Jewish tradition had come to abolish and replace all other types of sacrifices, first after the Davidic order and then after our lord Christ the messiah. This was the apostle (the writer of Hebrews) way of declaring or proclaiming that this was the season of the messiah- that Christ Jesus IS the messiah So I guess the issue here simply lies in the use of the word sacrifice: - apply a substitution and use offering of praise instead, and we see that it takes a whole new meaning at least an all encompassing one. With this few points of mine I hope I have convinced and not confused you…. Lol! Drop your comments below please!

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