FEBRUARY 19 READINGS…Leviticus 7:1-8:36.
There is a disturbing attitude that many professing Christians have when it comes to bringing their offerings to the Lord. This disturbing attitude is two fold. First, that in giving to the Lord, they were doing so in order to get something more from the Lord. This attitude is magnified in the “prosperity theology’s” of our day. If you give God will make you prosperously rich…”write your own ticket with God”…you give and you can be guaranteed health and wealth. The second troubling attitude when it comes to bringing offerings to the Lord is…”any old thing I bring will do”. If we have learned anything in the reading of the Scripture so far, its that the offerings we bring to the Lord need to be according to what the Lord requires. It is not up to us to decide what the Lord should accept…its up to the Lord to lead and guide us in what we bring to Him. Moses is very specific in giving instructions to the people of God concerning what kind of offerings they were to bring…and how they were to bring them. Nothing has changed…we need to seek the Lord and ask Him what we are to bring…then do it!
In today’s readings we have the ordination of the priests who would serve in the Lord’s tabernacle. Notice also that the Lord makes sure that those serving in the office of the priest were taken care of with their food and needs. Even the priest could not just come into the presence of the Lord, or the tabernacle of the Lord, without being properly prepared to do so. None of them had free access to God in themselves…there was much to be done to them before they could serve. Today it remains true that none of us can come into the presence of the Lord solely based upon our own righteousness, goodness, or identity. It is only through Jesus that we are allowed and prepared to enter the presence and service of God. He puts His righteousness upon us…its according to His goodness…and He gives us a new identity that allows us to enter into the presence of our heavenly Father.
Please share your insights from today’s readings. Stay the course in your reading through the Bible…it will be a great blessing to you.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 9:1-11:47