April 11, 2010
Sacrifice- a giving up, destroying, permitting injury to, or forgoing of some valued thing for the sake of something of greater value or having a more pressing claim - Webster.
Supreme sacrifice- the giving of ones life, as for a cause or an ideal - Webster.
(Reminder) Malachi 3:8 - Tithes and offerings are not sacrificial giving, it is expected.
As we study this lesson on sacrifice, we want to be able to answer three questions in the end ; (1) Can we sacrifice? (2) Will we sacrifice? (3) What will we sacrifice?
SACRIFICE OF WORSHIP
Exodus 36:5 When God told Moses to build the Tabernacle in order that the people would have a place of worship, the people gave to the cause sacrificially with a joyful heart.
Ezra 1:6 When offerings were needed for the rebuilding of the Temple the people responded with willing hearts together to give as much as was needed.
II Samuel 24:24 When King David was told to make an alter and offer a sacrifice to God for his sin, he would not take a gift from someone and offer it to the Lord without paying for his sacrifice. He gives great testimony to the fact that a sacrifice must have a cost.
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus Himself tells us that we are not to store up treasure on earth but use what we have- for the good of others and we will be sending treasure up to heaven for our future.
SACRIFICE OF COMPASSION
Luke 10:30-35 The good Samaritan was good because he not only took time for the wounded stranger, but willingly sacrificed out of Godly compassion toward others.
Acts 4:32-35 During the very early stages in the church at Jerusalem, the members were of “one heart and one soul” in as much as they gladly sacrificed financially to help those in need.
Acts 20:35 At the church of Ephesus Paul reminds them to help those in need and also reminds them of what Jesus said regarding sacrificial giving.
SACRIFICE OF LOVE
Matthew 26:6-10 Jesus immortalizes Mary for her expensive sacrifice of given out of love.
Luke 8:1-3 Throughout the Gospel’s we find sacrificial love gifts toward our Lord from those He touched and healed, for those He showed compassion towards and those He won to Himself.
Luke 21:1-4 There are a lot of unanswered questions about this actual story that Jesus tells.
The illustration regarding giving shows us that it is not how much we give but where does the gift come from. Jesus knew that the widow gave a great sacrifice out of a heart of love for God whereby the others gave more but they had not sacrificed out of love.
II Corinthians 8:1-3 This great church shows the epitome of sacrificial giving out of love for God and other believers in need. Their desire was to be involved in the fellowship with other believers to help as a group those that were desperately in need in another part of the world.
Philippians 4:15-18 The great missionary Paul gives his blessing on this church that has sacrificed over an over in order that they might help others get saved by the ministry of this great missionary. Notice that Paul tells them that their sacrifice is well pleasing to God.