Good morning to you! Please read Leviticus 27 and Numbers 1. Hey – we are finishing Leviticus today! Another book…. well, “in the books”! 🙂 We are doing great!
I know that making the offerings and vows can seem tedious, but what strikes me every time is how God looks at the heart, not some standard figure that is the same for everyone. We are individuals, and God deals with us as individuals. For example:
“If anyone is too poor to pay the stated amount, he is to present the person to the priest, who will then set the value for him according to what the person making the vow can afford” (Leviticus 27:8 MSG)
In other words, “here’s the standard amount, but if there is someone who cannot meet it, they are not to be excluded from the blessing of obedience. Make is accessible for all!” God’s character never changes – your gift is valuable to him, no matter what it is. He’s expecting your best, and that releases us from the trap of comparison.
“Pick one man from each tribe who is head of his family to help you. These are the names of the men who will help you…. ” (Numbers 1:4 MSG)
Did you recognize these names? Sure – we spent a lot of time with them, we read about them before they were even tribes. Can you believe how the tribes have GROWN? Good time to go back and read the blessings their father spoke over each of them at his deathbed (Genesis 49:1-28).