BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, yor family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
This section ends the first chunk of the book that details regulations God gave on the day he commanded offerings be brought (7v37-38). Every detail has significance, but two themes seem dominant. The first is that in being holy offerings should not come in contact with anything or anyone that is "unclean." This explains much of why priests must change clothes, eat in the sanctuary, wash pots etc. It vividly brings home how thoroughly we as God's people are to be set-apart from what is sinful (2 Cor 6v14-18). For in Christ we are sanctified, which is to be set-apart as holy (1 Cor 6v11). Second, we see that priests are fed with a share of the offerings. This principle continues as ministers share in what their hearers offer to God just as Christ did (Rom 15v16, Phil 4v18, Lk 8v3). As you read note how the disctinction between the holy and unclean is stressed.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.