CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, December 30, 2021.
TOPIC: THE PRIORITY OF GOD’S ALTAR
Read Ezra 3:1-6
1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.
2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak a and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.
3 Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening burnt offerings.
4 They also kept the Feast of Tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings in the number required by ordinance for each day.
5 Afterwards they offered the regular burnt offering, and those for New Moons and for all the appointed feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and those of everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering to the LORD.
6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, although the foundation of the temple of the LORD had not been laid.
Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne (Revelation 8:3)
For the Jews, the altar was, and is the place of meeting or fellowship with God. Without the altar, they could not worship, because it is on the altar that they offer their sacrifices to God (John 8:31) so the altar is the place where God is worshipped. The altar precedes worship and without it, there can be no meeting point with God. God instructed quite a number of people to make an altar for Him and several others realised the mightiness of God and proceeded to make an altar to God.
Our adoption as sons and daughters of God has bestowed on us, God’s grace. By this, we are not moved. God has settled us down very well, not for frivolity but for life of quality worship in His presence. If the Jews who were once in exile could quickly settle down to worship God, by building Him an altar, after the restoration, then we have no excuse for not giving God quality worship. The Jews built the altar to resume their worship of Yahweh, an act they had been deprived of, during their days in exile (Psa. 137:1-6).
Brethren, we must understand from the Jews’ experience that worship is most important duty we can perform to God (Psa. 22:27). lt is both an activity (Heb. 10:25) and a lifestyle. It is equally an individual and communal thing. That is, you are expected to worship God as an individual and corporately. Our God desires our genuine worship above all else. In fact, we must worship God with our lives and entire being. We must worship Him in truth and Spirit (John 4:23,24).
- Lord, help me to prioritise Your worship.
- Only You will I serve with all my entirety; help me, O Lord.
- O Lord, assist our national and Christian leaders to erect altars for Your worship instead of building shrines for idols and other monuments.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Zech. 10:3 – 14:13; Rev. 21:6 – 21:26
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE