Leviticus 27:26 What Is God’s Is His

Leviticus 27:26 (KJV)
Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the LORD’S firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the LORD’S.

That which is the Lord’s is the Lord’s. Whether it is something He has claimed for Himself or something that has been given to Him, once it is the Lord’s, it cannot be gotten back.

Men are manipulative. We will figure out the loopholes, the work around, and the ways to eat our cake and have it too. We will find the deal, the path to buy low and sell high. We will contrive a way to make even charity profitable.

God wants none of it.

What is God’s is His. We must not profit from it.

We give to God without expectation. He is glorified in it.

 

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Leviticus 25:39-43 God’s Children

Leviticus 25:39-43 (KJV)
And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile:
And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.
Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.

Leviticus 25:55 (KJV)
For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Here is the great reason to treat people, of any stature, with dignity and respect – they are first responsible to God.

Regardless of a person’s status, whether they have substance or not, whether they are in need or those able to provide for needs, it is of little consequence because they are each of them God’s servants.

This is especially true of those who are saved. I believe a case can be made for treating those who are not Christians with respect, but there is no question that we, who belong to God, should treat others who belong to God with great dignity.

Imagine that someone claims to love and respect you. Their words, their actions and their demeanor all point to this love. There is but one exception; they mistreat your children. All else is come to nothing for this one thing. It doesn’t matter that your children have misbehaved or that they are not the smartest or strongest or most popular children, to mistreat them is to mistreat you.

God views the mistreatment of His own in much this same way. To mistreat His servants is to mistreat God.

 

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Leviticus 20:24-26 A Dramatic Escape

Leviticus 20:24-26 (KJV)
But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.
Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

Twice we see the word “separated” but the third time the word God uses is “severed.” This is a decisive, even violent word. Separation, sanctification, holiness, is not a casual act. It takes decision, will, action and time.

Holiness is a process of separating out those things that are unholy.

  • Activities
  • Interests
  • Idols
  • Entertainments

Any number of things could come on the chopping block if they prevent us from being holy separated to the Lord

 

Holiness includes separating from unholy people.
It is impossible to argue that relationships, no matter how casual, have no influence upon us. We are the product of those relationships. This is a well documented fact.

Holiness is a radical departure from the old life
In the end it might seem almost violent. That is because the sin nature, the influence of the world and the power of Satan fight strongly against our separation. We can’t leave peacefully any more than a captive can walk peacefully from his captor’s clutches. The escape, of necessity is dramatic.

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Leviticus 17:11 It’s Still the Blood

Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

There is such disrespect today:

  • Disrespect for authority
  • Disrespect for history
  • Disrespect for chivalry
  • Disrespect for country

It is no wonder that there is also such disrespect for Deity.

God taught the children of Israel to have respect for life by commanding that they were not to eat the blood of any animal. The reason, God said, was that the life was in the blood.

This command carries through into the New Testament, in Acts 15, where the church in Jerusalem, with the Apostles and leaders such as Paul and Barnabas, determined to lay no other burdens on the Gentile believers except that,

Acts 15:20 (KJV)
… they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Ultimately the blood pointed to Jesus Christ. It is His blood, shed on Calvary

  • That makes atonement for our sins
  • That pays for our forgiveness and
  • That opens the way to restored fellowship with God the Father

No man, Old Testament or New Testament; king, commoner or theologian, has the right to disrespect blood.

By refusing to eat it, we remember that it was not merely the death of Christ, but the shed blood of Christ that makes our salvation certain.

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Leviticus 12:8 Obedience, Devotion and Dependence

Leviticus 12:8 (KJV)
And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

Here is a clear demonstration of the spiritual truth that obedience is better than sacrifice and to hearken than fat of rams[1]. The woman was to bring a lamb for a burnt offering and a turtle[2] or pigeon for a sin offering. But if she wasn’t able to offer a lamb, and there is no stipulation why she wouldn’t be able, then she could offer a bird in the place of the lamb.

There isn’t any comparison.

There is no way the bird could be comparable to the lamb except that both are lives and either one would be slain.

The priest was not given any parameters whereby to determine whether she be able or not. She was on her honor. The priest could not know but God would.

The sacrifices of the Old Testament are all representative. They point to the cross of Jesus. One sacrifice could do that as well as any other. What one sacrifice could not do as well as another is express obedience, devotion and dependence.

Those are the qualities to reach for in our faith.

[1] 1 Samuel 15:22

[2] They tell me this would be a reference to a turtle-dove.

 

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Leviticus 10:1-2 In Danger of Presumptuous Sin

Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV)
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

There is no reason for me to judge Nadab and Abihu. God has already done that. It is more for me to learn.

These two were deeply involved in the things of God. They had personal encounters with the Lord, unlike any others except Moses and their father, Aaron. Still, they assumed more than was rightfully theirs.

It matters little how close our walk with God has been. It may be the closer we have been to God the more in danger of presumptuous sin we are. The nature of man always reaches toward its own deification. “I will be like the most high” is the inherited attitude of fallen man.

Behold to obey is better than sacrifice.

  • King
  • Priest
  • Christian and
  • Preacher

Submissive obedience is always better.

 

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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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