Zacchaeus’ Sacrifice – Seeing the Lord

Luke 19:1-10 (tr. 1599 Geneva Bible) 1 Now when Jesus entered and passed through Jericho, 2 Behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief receiver of the tribute, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus, who he should be, and could not for the...

David’s Sacrifice – Counting the Cost

2 Samuel 24:18-25 18 That day Gad came to David and said to him, ‘Go up and erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.’ 19Following Gad’s instructions, David went up, as the Lord had commanded. 20When Araunah looked down, he saw the...

Elijah’s Sacrifice – Choosing Sides

1 Kings 18:20-39 20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow...

Abel’s Sacrifice – Putting First Things First

Genesis 4:1-12 1Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.’ 2Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. 3In the course of time Cain...