Daily Encouragement

February 27 – Firstfruits, Gold & Silver, and Us!

February 27
Leviticus 20:22-22:16
Mark 9:1-29
Psalm 43:1-5
Proverbs 10:18

background-berries-berry-blackberries-87818.jpegLeviticus 20:24 – God will give the Israelites someone else’s land, flowing with milk and honey, and in returns He asks obedience (v.22). God is in the middle of teaching His people that the land will be a gift (Exod. 6:4, 6:8, 12:25, 13:5, 13:11, 33:1, Lev. 14:34, 23:10, 25:2, 25:38). So when He asks for the first fruits (Exodus 22:29), it is the product of the land that He gave them.

Similarly when God asked for an offering of gold and silver (Exodus 35:5) – where did a band of former slaves get their gold and silver? From the Egyptians their masters (Exodus 12:35). Why would the Egyptians give gold and silver to their slaves? The LORD changed their heart (Exodus 12:36). Even more amazing – the LORD told Moses He would give them gold and silver earlier (Exodus 3:22). So when God asked for the gold and silver, He was merely asking for some of what He had given them.

Which is part of why God was wroth with His people over the golden calf. This was not their personal property that they had labored for and deserved. He had given gold and silver to them, and just asked for part, but they used His gift to make an idol (Exodus 32:2-4).

The gold and silver was not the Israelites, it was God’s taking from another and giving to them, and He asked for a portion back. The land was not the Israelites, it was God’s taking from another and giving to them, and He asked for the firstfruits back. So when the LORD asks you to give of your time, talent, and treasure to accomplish the Great Commission, all He is asking for is a portion of what He has given to you.

To be fair, the gold, silver, and land were not the Egyptians or the Canaanites – Psalm 24:1 tells us the Earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.

Leviticus 22:10 – We have been told who can eat of the holy thing, who cannot eat of the holy thing. However there was a “loophole” that allowed David’s men to eat of it – I Samuel 21:3-6. Jesus used this action (that while not lawful, was not totally illegal – there was not corporal or capital punishment assigned – rather a silence) as a proof for His actions (Matthew 12:3-4).

Mark 9:6 – If you wist not what to say, you’re better saying nothing!

Psalm 43:5 – More promises for the hurting soul. Sometimes you need to give a ‘pep talk’ to yourself: Hope in God!

Proverbs 10:18 – More warnings about the fool – may we avoid hatred, lying, and slander!

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