Exodus 29:26 (NKJV) 26 Then you shall take the breast of the ram of Aaron's consecration and wave it as a wave offering before the Lord; and it shall be your portion.
In the Old Testament, under the law covenant, a priest was required to go through a purification process before he could enter into the presence of God. He was anointed with special oil, dressed in priestly garments, and had to sacrifice 3 animals. (Exodus 29)
The oil is the Holy Spirit, the priestly garments are the righteousness of God, and Jesus became our sacrifice on the cross. Perhaps we will look at the oil and priestly garments on a future post but today I want to look at the 3 sacrificial offerings.
The first offering was a sin offering. The priest would lay hands on the offering thus transferring his sin onto the innocent animal and then destroy it on the altar.
The second offering was called the burnt offering. This time when the priest laid hands on the offering, the innocence of the animal was transferred onto the priest and then the animal was sacrificed.
The third offering was a consecration offering. The original Hebrew word that is translated into the English word consecration, means, fulfilling or to be set. The priest would lay hands on this animal indicating a fulfillment of requirements, and then wave the breast and the thigh of this offering up in the air.
According to Revelation 1:6, Jesus has made us to be priests (and kings). The Scripture tells us that Jesus hung on the cross for six hours. The Bible says in Mark 15:25, "Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
Mark goes on to say, "Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour
(Mark 16:33). This means that the first three hours were daylight and the last three hours were dark. According to Exodus chapter 29, offerings were to take place at morning and evening. The day and night periods on the cross indicate a morning and an evening sacrifice.
The Bible says in John 19:30, "So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." This would be likened to the priest laying his hands on the third sacrifice, the consecration offering. The one final requirement was to wave this offering in the air.
In John 20:17 the Bible says, "Jesus said to her (Mary), "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' " It wasn't until Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended up into heaven that this final offering was waved. This is why it is so important for us to believe that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9).
If you ever doubt that you are good before God, remind yourself that Jesus was all the sacrifice you needed. Remind yourself often that because of it, you are always good in Gods eyes. When the Bible says, "For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God... (Ecclesiastes 2:26), that means wisdom, knowledge, and prosperity are yours because you are good in His sight.
So the next time you lift your hands up and praise Jesus as Lord, realize that it's not only praise and worship, it is your wave offering!