Leviticus 17:9 – [If a man kills an animal for sacrifice in the field] and doesn`t bring it to the door of the tent of meeting, to sacrifice it to Yahweh; that man shall be cut off from his people.
Humans are funny creatures. We always like to do things our own way in our own space. In this verse the Lord preempts a situation that He knows will develop – people will start to say ‘why do I have to bring my sacrifice to the tent of meeting – surely I can sacrifice to God out here in the field, and he will accept it’.
Yet the one who sacrificed to God out in the field, rather than at the tent of meeting was to be cut off from Israel. God took his ordinances and commandments seriously, and expected Israel to abide by them. He also had things in place – the sacrifice at the tent of meeting helped keep the priesthood fed and running and ensured that continual worship and prayer was being offered to God in the tabernacle. It brought all Israel together, and reminded them that there was only ONE altar – not many.
There is a similar situation today, where people say ‘why do I have to go to church to worship God? I can do it just as well at home or at the beach’. What they fail to realise is that they are part of something that is much bigger than just themselves. They are no longer individuals but members of a body – and the body needs to be together to function.
There are many seemingly sensible reasons as to why one would sacrifice in the field. But God has his commands – and His reasons for putting His command in place. When we put our protests to one side and humbly obey him, we start to walk in His blessing.