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                                                                                                                    Leviticus

The book of Exodus contained instructions for building the Tabernacle and the book of Leviticus outlined the standards for worship in the Tabernacle. It is based on the instructions given to Moses on Mount Sinai and in the tent of meeting and were probably written down during the Israelites' 40 years in the wilderness. The book itself can be neatly divided into two sections, with the first 10 chapters describing the way to approach God and the remaining 17 chapters dealing with the way to walk with God. The focus of the first section is on the 5 basic types of offerings that were established to make the people "right" with God. The point was to be cleansed of sin and purified in order to appease God. It will take a few days to get through the readings that cover all of these offerings, so I will wait to address them until then. Note that the Israelites have been in the desert for a year now, as it is already time to celebrate the anniversary of the Passover.

For today, I think it is important to note the role of the Levites. Remember that they were set apart for the Lord when their tribe alone, stood with Moses on "the side of the Lord" after the golden calf fiasco. The Levites did not have any land and served the Lord in the tabernacle. They were provided for through the offerings of the remaining Israelites, who understood that it was their responsibility. In Numbers 8:16-18, it is stated that the Levites took the place of all the firstborn sons of Israel, who were "owed" to the Lord due to his "passing over" them during the final plague in Egypt. Israelite parents paid an offering to redeem their firstborn sons, and as such, they were symbolically dedicated to the Lord. The Levites were the physical fulfillment of the duty to reserve the firstborn of Israel. The firstborn of all the livestock belonged to God as well. Even today, God does not want our left-overs; our after-thoughts. He desires the firstfruits of all that we have. Not the money that we can comfortably give after all other needs and wants have been met, but the firstfruits, such that other spending is secondary.

Tomorrow's reading: Leviticus 4-6

About Melissa Gibbs:

 

Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD.  He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.  JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries.  Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family.  Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches.

 

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