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February 9, 2018 Bible Study — Acceptable, and Unacceptable, Offerings To the Lord

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 22-23.

    Today’s passage has instructions about things which would disqualify one of Aaron’s descendants from serving as a priest and instructions concerning the yearly festivals of worship the people of Israel were to conduct. In between, there is a discussion of what was acceptable and unacceptable as an offering to the Lord. They were not to attempt to offer an animal with any defects as a burnt offering or as a peace offering to fulfill a vow. If the animal was for a purely voluntary peace offering it could be one that had one or more legs that were too long, but that was otherwise without defect.

    These instructions should inform us when we make gifts to God today. When we give to God we should give of our best, not our cast offs or half-hearted efforts. It is OK to give our used clothing, or furniture which we will no longer use to those in need, or to charitable organizations which can make use of them (even if that use is to sell them to someone else), but let us not ever think that doing so is making an offering to God. If we are giving something as an offering to God, it should be the best we can afford (note “best” is a subjective term, but “most expensive” should never be confused with “best”). In a way, the same thing applies to monetary offerings. “What I can spare” is not an offering. There is a time and place for giving “what I can spare” to God, but it is not to my credit when I do so. Our offerings to God should be out of the joy of having received His blessings. I do this less than I should…which is how I know that giving “what I can spare” is not a bad thing. When I have felt financially strapped enough that I only gave what I could spare after I have paid my bills has led me to realize that I need better financial discipline so that I can give to the Lord first and pay my bills and expenses with what is left over.

February 9, 2017 Bible Study — Offerings Must Be Without Defect

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 22-23.

    Today’s passage starts with a detailed account of who may eat the priestly portion of the offerings of the people of Israel. The gist of it is that they must be a member of the household of a priest’s family and they must be ceremonially clean. As part of the instructions on this there is a re-listing of some of the things which cause a person to be ceremonially unclean reminding the reader of these regulations. This is followed by a recap of the types of animals to be offered for the various types of sacrifice. This recap occurs to remind the people of Israel that their sacrifices must be without defect. Every time I read this I am reminded that the things we offer to the Lord must be without blemish. An important lesson I take from this is that giving my cast-offs, or otherwise used goods, to charitable organizations does not count as an offering the Lord (that does not mean that it is wrong to pass on things I no longer want which others may be able to use). Everything we have was a gift from god, let us be willing to give from the best we have received to show how much we appreciate what He has given us.

February 9, 2016 Bible Study –Treat Offerings to God With Respect

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. I had been using One Year Bible Online, but it was time for a change.

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Leviticus 22-23.

    Today’s passage describes how the priests were to handle the offerings they received as God’s representatives. The important thing about these instructions for us is that the priests were to be careful not to defile those offerings. Those instructions included being careful to avoid handling the sacrifices improperly and appearing to handle the sacrifices improperly. The passage went on to instruct that the things which were offered needed to be first class. You did not get credit for offering to God your second-hand goods. When we make offerings to God we need to give from our best.

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    I want to talk a little more about what this means. As I said, this means that we need to offer God from our best. If you would not use it/eat it yourself, don’t think it is a fitting sacrifice to God. That does not mean that we cannot give our second hand goods to the poor. However, we should not expect the poor to be grateful for our gift (If we are the poor receiving the gift, we should still be grateful). To put this another way, we should feel obligated to give back to God in thanksgiving for all that He has done for and given us. Giving things we have used as much as we desire should not fulfill that feeling of obligation.