THE CALVES OF OUR LIPS IS THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15
In Zion, Praise is a sacrifice. You see, sacrifices were a big deal in Israel. They weren’t mere religious events. A sacrifice was the only means by which man could approach God.
In fact, there were records of literal fire showing up from heaven to consume the sacrifices they offered.
On one occasion, the scripture records that the glory of the Lord filled the temple as the sacrifices were offered to the Lord. So strong was this manifestation of the Spirit that we are told that the levites couldn’t stand to minister again.
So in the mind of the average Jew, a sacrifice wasn’t an ordinary thing. It meant a lot. It reminded them of the several stories of God’s great manifestation and created great expectation in their hearts.
In the New Testament however, we know that Jesus became the fulfillment of all the Old Testament requirements of the law. In Jesus, all the sacrifices required for sin were abolished and the law itself fulfilled in Christ.
However, there were several other sacrifices which weren’t sin sacrifices. For example, the free will offerings, the heave offerings etc which were not offered because of sin.
These offerings and sacrifices were brought usually in thanksgiving to God.
This was what the Apostle Paul was referring to in our text. In truth, Jesus has paid the ultimate penalty for sin and has become our Passover but we have other sacrifices to offer. These are sacrifices in response to the goodness and graciousness of the Lord.
In the New Testament, they are called sacrifices of praise which is the fruit of our lips.
The Prophet Hosea foresaw this day actually. He prophesied;
“Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:
say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.”
Hosea knew that a day was coming when the bulls and rams wouldn’t be taken from the farm but from our lips.
In essence, he knew that there was a sort of sacrifice which originates from our lips.
By saying ‘take with you words’ he lets us know that in the days to come, words will be spiritual sacrifices.
The sacrifices we offer today are words. Paul puts it clearly, he calls it ‘the fruit of our lips’.
“So we no longer offer up a steady stream of blood sacrifices, but through Jesus, we will offer up to God a steady stream of praise sacrifices—these are “the lambs” we offer from our lips that celebrate his name!”
Hebrews 13:15 TPT
The lambs we offer today are our steady stream of praise sacrifices.
As you lift your hands to Him and worship with intent, you are offering sacrifices of greater worth and value to God than what they brought in the old covenant.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for making my life glorious; i Thank you for the sacrifice you made on the cross for me to be one with the Father. Thank you for with the fruit of my lips, i pour out an ever flowing stream of praises to your Holy name. You’ve blessed me in all things, and You alone have made me great. Your faithfulness is everlasting. Thank you for being my advantage in life. Now I know I can never be disadvantaged, and will always win; blessed be your Name forever. Amen.
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