“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the people of Israel and say to them, This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. 3 If any one of the house of Israel kills an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or kills it outside the camp, 4 and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. 5 This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they sacrifice in the open field, that they may bring them to the Lord, to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the Lord. 6 And the priest shall throw the blood on the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting and burn the fat for a pleasing aroma to the Lord.7 So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.
8 “And you shall say to them, Any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice 9 and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the Lord, that man shall be cut off from his people.”-Leviticus 17:1-9
We all have a place where we go to find peace or solitude. For some it is a chair on the back porch, some have a hammock in the yard, and others just go for a wolk, ride, or drive. No matter who you are, or how old, humans just need some “alone time” every now and then. For Christians, our alone time is never “alone”. God is always there, through his presence as the Holy Spirit. And, when it the time comes that we need to reflect on and ask forgiveness for our sins he is even more present. God knows the sin in our lives even before we commit it. He does not force us to travel down a path toward it, but he does see the path we will take. He is waiting at the end of that path, just past our bad decisions and wrong turns to deliver us if needed, or to just listen as we confess.
Our own places of sacrifice can be anywhere we deem appropriate for talking with God. My own “Place of Sacrifice” is at my desk in my office at home at 5:30 AM every morning. I pray, read, and write at that same desk. I invite God to place the words and thoughts into my mind that guide me through my prayers and my writing. But, most importantly I confess my sins and offer the sacrifice of my time, my income, and my life as atonement. I do my best each day to continuously give my life over to God and to thank Jesus for the greatest sacrifice of all.
If you don’t have a “Place of Sacrifice” just look around where you spend your days, maybe it’s a quite corner of your home, or on your long drive to work. Wherever it is be intentional about going there each day and making it a special and holy place for you to lay it all down before God.