Leviticus 6:29 Because God Said

Leviticus 6:29 (KJV)
All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.

The phrase, “it is most holy” is oft repeated in these chapters of Leviticus[1]. It occurred to me in this reading to ask, “Why?”

  • There is nothing intrinsic in the thing to make it holy
  • The very same thing, in a different setting is just a thing.
  • There is no ubiquitous law of nature that confirms it is holy
  • The only people to have thought this holy is Israel
  • There is no external evidence to prove it to be holy
  • It would have looked the same in any setting

The only thing that makes the thing most holy is that God said it was most holy.

As our world progresses people are becoming bolder in trying those norms that have been held as holy:

  • The sanctity of marriage
  • That marriage is between a man and woman
  • That it is God who made us male and female
  • Etc

Why are these so?

  • Some past Cultures have not practiced them
  • Those who believed them have not perfectly obeyed them
  • More and more modern civilizations challenge them.

What makes these things holy? Just one thing, and it is all that is necessary; they are holy because God said.

[1] Three times in chapter six, nine times in the book of Leviticus.

 

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Leviticus 5:1 Snitch

Leviticus 5:1 (KJV)
And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

Here is a dramatic demonstration of the powerful effects of the sin nature. It is almost a universal principle that we are not to be “snitches”. One could almost say that, even in polite society, the three things that are intolerable are:

  • The liar
  • The thief and
  • The snitch

It makes sense, I suppose, among those in the realm of crime, to hold this in such esteem. What makes less sense, if you do not understand the sin nature, is that it would be valued among the “better classes” too. Truth is, the better classes are no better. They possess the very same sin nature as the criminal element. They have merely (and thankfully) been trained to subdue it, to restrain it, to limit it to less violent and brutal outbursts. They still possess it but they don’t want others to know it; hence, the value of those who won’t tell.

But God’s Word is clear. If you have seen a sin committed, even if you have not personally seen it but you have knowledge of it, to not speak up makes you complicit to it.

Of course there are warnings in the Bible concerning the sin of gossip. The difference between the sin of gossip and the responsibility to tell what you know is this:

  • You tell those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of
  • You tell only those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of
  • You tell those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of in order resolve the situation and not out of personal vendetta.

 

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Leviticus 4:23 Sinning In Ignorance

Leviticus 4:23 (KJV)
Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:

There is such a thing as sinning in ignorance.

  • Sometimes we do not know a thing is not scriptural
  • Sometimes we act without realizing the consequences of those actions
  • Sometimes we hurt someone without knowing they could be hurt

That we did not know we had sinned does not excuse the sin. Sin is sin. Right is right. Wrong is wrong.

When we become aware that we have sinned:

  • It is revealed through our devotion or
  • We are confronted with it by another or
  • The preaching brings us under conviction

When we become aware, as soon as we become aware, that is the time to make it right.

 

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Leviticus 1:1 What Moses Most Enjoyed

Leviticus 1:1 (KJV)
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

The book of Exodus ends with the construction of the Tabernacle and with Moses speaking to God from within it. Leviticus is, at least in part, what God said to Moses while there. Adam Clarke suggests that the whole of Leviticus was delivered in an eight-day period of time. John Gill adds that Moses may have written some portions of the book at some other period and then added to the book due to their containing the same theme; the practice of the Levitical priesthood.

I imagine Moses, his face aglow with the glory of God. He has entered the tabernacle, now occupied by God. Instructions concerning the particular nature of the ministry of the priests were being given, each of them in some way representative of Jesus Christ. Moses was alive with the blessing of God in learning these precepts.

Interestingly, Leviticus is vastly considered the least favorite of the books of the Bible. It reveals our lack of relationship with God that we don’t enjoy that thing Moses most enjoyed.

 

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Exodus 40:4 We Must Come to God His Way

Exodus 40:4 (KJV)
And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.

God is a God of order.

We live in such a casual world today. People want freedom:

  • Freedom from work
  • Freedom from expectation
  • Freedom from social pressures
  • Freedom from morality
  • Freedom from cultural acceptance

In short, they want freedom from God. They want God to accept them as are. They want the idea of God to go away. They want to be a god unto themselves.

Truth is, it just isn’t the way it is. God is. To the clearheaded mind, every evidence demonstrates that. And God is a God of order and design.

We, who would come to God, must come according to His design.

 

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Exodus 36:5-7 Enough and Too Much

Exodus 36:5-7 (KJV)
And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.
For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

Once the people had seen Moses’s countenance, having met with God, and heard his vision for the tabernacle, they were only too willing to be involved. They gave and they worked. Soon enough these people, far from a perfect crowd by the way, had given:

  • More than enough,
  • Sufficient and
  • Too much

This passage is often used to motivate Christian giving; “If only everyone would do what they can, God’s work could have more than enough now too.” The implication is that the reason pastors, or other spiritual leaders, cannot tell the people to stop giving is because they haven’t all done what they could.

Perhaps there is another reason.

In the case of the tabernacle, Moses had specific instructions what he was building. His was not a five, ten and twenty year plan[1]. He was to build the tabernacle and the furniture to go inside it. That was it. They knew when they had more than enough because they had a fixed project in view.

Perhaps the reason some ministries never seem to have enough is because they have no finished product in view. They dream of bigger, better and more. Having such dreams, they are never content to tell their congregations that they have given enough.

I am of the opinion that if the congregation will tithe faithfully, the preacher ought to accept that as enough.

[1] The Tabernacle was used, as it was originally built, for hundreds of years.

 

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Exodus 35:5 The Farmer’s Faith

Exodus 35:5 (KJV)
Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,

I once knew a man who had pastored a church in a Midwestern farming community. This man was a believer in the black and white nature of the Bible. If the Bible says it, we are to obey it without question or hesitation.  I agree by the way.

In this man’s case, his trouble came during harvest season. The Bible taught the Jews that they were to take the Sabbath off, even during harvest. This preacher just could not abide a farmer who would harvest on Sundays. He had church members, even leading ones, who harvested seven days a week for the two or three weeks it takes to get crops in. Either the farmer was going to get right or the preacher was going to be gone. The preacher left, never, to my knowledge, to pastor again.

How is it possible to reconcile the inerrant and black and white nature of God’s Word with patiently ministering to those we see as disobeying the Bible?

Of course there are some things that we would have to stand upon and take whatever are the consequences of our stand. But in many cases we can reconcile the two by looking for the willing heart. Ours is not to force our faith on others but to teach and preach the Bible to them. As they become more exposed to the Word of God, it will have the effect of changing their hearts

  • I can’t force a farmer to forsake his fields on Sundays but
  • I can teach Him God’s Word and pray he comes to trust God for the harvest while he worships God on Sunday[1]

[1] This principle may be applied to any number of other circumstances.

 

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Exodus 33:7 Those Who Sought The LORD

Exodus 33:7 (KJV)
And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

Once the tabernacle was constructed the Bible says, “that every one which sought the Lord went out” to it.

Obviously there were some who did not seek the Lord. Surely there were some who still sought after the gods they had connived Aaron into making, some who sought the gods of Egypt, some who pretended to seek God but they did it in their own way.

God gets to decide how we properly seek and worship Him. He has determined we do it in the place He ordained and the fashion He organized.

That, today, is a local, New Testament Baptist[1] Church.

[1] I am historically, doctrinally and Scripturally convinced that there is no other New Testament church.

 

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Exodus 31:2-5 Just Giving Thanks Today

Exodus 31:2-5 (KJV)
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

One of the members of our church is keenly aware that it was the Lord who gave to him the skills he possesses. He makes mention of it frequently and gives thanks for it often. In his case, those skills are remarkably similar to those of Bezaleel.

I want merely to give thanks today for that man and for each of those who labor hard using skills God has gifted to them and who faithfully provide for their families and generously give to God’s house.

 

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Exodus 30:15 The Rich and The Poor

Exodus 30:15 (KJV)
The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

In our day we believe that the rich owe it to the poor to do more than their fair share. We also tend to believe that the poor deserve to be cared for, if not by the wealthy, then at least through the state treasury.

These ideas have developed through centuries of experiences where the wealthy became more so as the impoverished starved. (During, for instance, the potato famine[1]) the royal and the wealthy developed a culture of obligatory benevolence. It isn’t that they think well of the less fortunate but that they think it an obligation of their status to reach out in some perfunctory way.

The Bible teaches no such thing. God is no respecter of persons. The Bible teaches two concepts concerning the responsibilities of the rich and poor:

Give in proportion to what you receive
The rich are not expected to give more than the poor. Each gives according to their income.

Each is equal in the eyes of God
God does not view the wealthy as any greater than the poor. Every soul is of equal worth. Each has the same access to God.

On top of these two principles is the grace of giving – giving beyond one’s means simply out of devotion.

The wealthy owe the poor nothing but to treat them with respect and to deal with them fairly. The poor deserve nothing but the same opportunities to work and earn as others.

[1] See, for instance, www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-irish-potato-famine-part-1.htm

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