Memory Text: “I urge you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”(Romans 12:1, NASB).
Central to the entire gospel is the concept of sacrifice. In the biblical languages, the words for“sacrifice” often depict the idea of drawing near, and of bringing something to God. The basic meaning of the Hebrew for offeringor sacrifice describes the act of approaching, the act of bringing something into the presence of God. The Greek equivalent means “gift” and describes the presentation of a sacrifice.
Similarly, the English word offering comes from the Latin offerre, the presentation of a gift. The word sacrifice is a combination of the Latin sacer(holy) and facere (make) and refers to the act of making something sacred.
This week we will look at some of the sacrifices that believers have offered to God. We will discover that God has always been calling for sacrifices, and He is still doing so today.
Of course, and most important, God provided the ultimate sacrifice, that of Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, October 19.