Sunday, January 26, 2014

Leviticus 7

Today's reading in our daily plan is Leviticus 7. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter follows directly from the previous, expanding on the details of how guilt and fellowship offerings were to be made.
  • In verses 11-36 we learn more about fellowship offerings (for the basic teaching on these offerings, see Leviticus chapter 3). We get details on three types of fellowship offerings that might be offered (thanks, vows, and freewill), and a prohibition from eating the fat or blood.
  • In the last section (verses 28-36) God requires his worshipers to give part of their offerings to the priests to provide for those who are serving God full-time in the temple. (He does the same in Leviticus 10:12-15, Numbers 18:8-20, and Deuteronomy 18:1-5.)

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • As God lays out the requirements for offerings in the Old Testament, he makes a requirement that the people provide for the needs of those who work in the temple. In the New Testament, in 1 Timothy 5:17-18, the church is directed to pay good wages to the people who lead and teach in the church.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • What do you think about God requiring his people to take care of the people who serve him full-time in his place of worship? Is that something you've thought much about before? Why do you think it's such a big deal to God? How could you play a more significant part in God's plan to see this happen?