Every once in awhile, your mom or dad burns the food while cooking…smells bad! We usually don’t eat it and the food goes to waste.
Something like this happens on purpose for God’s people while journeying out there in the wilderness. Plans are being made about how God’s new people are supposed to live. Offerings and sacrifices of food and some animals—these are the first things that God wanted them to do to show God that they honored God and trusted Him. The idea of burning a sacrifice of cereal and sometimes lambs, was to give them back to God. Not that God needs burned food—it’s just that at first God gave His people something they could do to have them feel connected to God by giving God what was important to them. In fact, they gave God the very first products of their harvest.
We don’t need to do that, because God gave us the first “products” of God’s life—God’s only Son Jesus. When he sacrificed himself on the cross, he took away any need for any other sacrifice. Yet we still need to keep on offering God what makes our lives special. When we connect our offerings with Christ’s immense one, our offerings go right to the very heart of God!
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.