“Let’s Give a Clap Offering to the Lord!”

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In the book of Leviticus, we read of God’s ordinances concerning animal sacrifices that were to be offered by Israel to propitiate God’s wrath against sinners. In addition to these bloody sacrifices, grain offerings were also commanded as the expression of the people’s thanksgiving to the Lord for His mercies and for his provisions.

In the New Testament, we read of a “sacrifice of praise”: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name” (Heb 13:15). Paul urges believers, “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom 12:1). Christ’s death on the cross was “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” for us, in order that we may “walk in love” (Eph 5:2). As Christ offered his body as a bloody sacrifice to atone for the sins of his people, Christians are to offer their lives of righteousness, godliness and obedience as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. Even material gifts are “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (Phil 4:18).

So what about a “clap offering”? Never heard of it. This is because in the Bible, most of the clapping is for two things, both of which have nothing to do with “clap offerings” today. Let’s look at some texts that mention clapping.

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