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  • Arie Hill

But I Wiggle

"The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the altar." ~D.L. Moody

"Therefore I urge you, 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

We are urged repeatedly throughout scripture to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30), an act that is rather quite simple. You study, not just read, your Bible and get to know Him. If you know Him, you'll follow what He says like: love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31). Taking that first step is acting on your faith and develops into a relationship of trust.

Then the world gets in the way.

You forget to read your Bible that day. You deviated from the plan, the job you were supposed to do. You fell short.

The thing is you really wanted to serve Him. To do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

Well, I found this little gem during my reading. This genius author came up with the best plan.

"The LORD is God, and He has given us light;

Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar." ~Psalm 118:27

Let's break it down.

Bind the festival sacrifice with cords. Sacrifices were to be unblemished and holy, and they weren't bound to the altar. They were killed sacrificially to the side, their blood sprinkled on the horns and the flesh laid on the fire. Nothing went to the altar still alive so you didn't have to bind it, which equals strange. It's a festival sacrifice, which means it's given in praise, thankfulness, and usually given freely in celebration of God and what He has done.

To the horns of the altar. A horn was located on all four points of the rectangular altar. They represented strength and spiritual power. Jesus is called the horn of salvation (Luke 1:69, 2 Samuel 22:3, Psalm 18:2).

Let's add it up. Since Jesus died once and for all of us, the sacrifice doesn't have to die. This genius is asking to live his life as a living and holy sacrifice, tied to Jesus who is our salvation, strength and power of God, in celebration for all God has done.

Why tied to the horns? Because, my dear brother and sister, we tend to wiggle off the altar.

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