Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Modern Day Levites

Sorry about the general lack of posting. There have been so many other things that have taken up my time at the moment – work, uni, church (I completed one of my 2012 goals – to start the praying for the nations prayer night), reading, and most importantly, reading the Word of God! As some of you will remember, I had the goal to read through the whole Bible over Lent.

One of the things that struck me in the Old Testament was the portion of the Levites. If you’ve read the New Testament, you will know that we are as Levites to the Lord. So what the Old Testament says about the Levites, the Priesthood, and the nation of Israel generally has a lot of relevance to us today.

The Levites were not given a portion of land in the nation of Israel. All the other tribes had land, but aside from a few towns where people who accidentally killed someone could go, the Levites got nothing.

Nothing material, that is. Their portion was the LORD. And He is worth more than any amount of land, of money, or anything like that.

And I wondered, what if the Levites said no? What if they were like, Thanks God, but we’d rather have some of the really good farmland near the Negev. We want a blessing that we can see, and can touch.

The thing is, so many of us Christians do the exact same thing today! We have the spiritual blessing – but we are so keen to chase after the material blessing. Think of all the prayers you’ve prayed recently. How many of them were for physical blessings for yourself? Yes, we should pray for our physical needs, and even things that we just want, BUT if that’s the main thing we’re praying for, then we have traded our spiritual portion for a material one.

That’s not what I want. I want to choose the spiritual blessing! I want my portion to be the LORD!

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