In the 18th and 19th centuries, countries depended on whale oil to light their lamps. The whaling industry in America began in 1712 and reached its peak in 1846, when 736 ships were registered under the American flag. With the development of kerosene the need for whale oil plummeted. Today the industry in this country is extinct.
In Jesus’ day, animal sacrifice was big business. It was the way sins were forgiven. In Hebrews 13:12 we learn that Jesus’ suffering and death ended the need for animal sacrifice. Now the sacrifice that we are to offer is “a sacrifice of praise to God.” (Heb 13:15) This happens when we acknowledge God’s name whether in our hearts, during worship, or out in public. Doing good to others and sharing what with have with those in need is another sacrifice we offer to God. (Heb 13:16)
Faithful disciples offer these sacrifices not in order to be saved, but because we have been saved by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. We willingly offer these sacrifices in gratitude for all that Jesus has done for us. In doing so, we witness to the grace and mercy of Christ our Savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, may the sacrifice of the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life be acceptable in your sight. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.