Parts of Scripture like some of the passages in the Old Testament are what some of us consider “boring,” or “monotonous.” It’s really easy to brush off these specific instructions from God because they may sound outdated and “irrelevant” with today. I’ll address that concern with a rhetorical question: isn’t it funny how, as Christians, we pray to God so desperately for specific answers and instructions on what we should do, but we always brush past the parts where God specifically instructs people? A lot of us, myself included, pray prayers like, “God, how can I improve my prayer life? How can I improve my Scripture reading skills? How can I become a better leader? What’s the next thing I should do?” That’s why I believe these passages are important; the answers may lie in our obedience to the Word and in the change of our lifestyles that may follow. I believe that there’s disciple to be learned from this passage.
NOTES ON THE TEXT
11 Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.
God here is demanding a very specific location for a place of sacrifice. This reminds us that yes, God gives us free will, but there are still things that should be done in God’s way. I believe this is applicable to modern day Christians by not compromising with sin and even learning to tithe. These offerings, tithes, gifts, and firstborn of flocks are all very meaningful sacrifices to the LORD, which in itself was worship onto the LORD. It goes on personally to remind me that even as I offer sacrifices or even worship, it’s important to remember why I am doing all this: because God is a good and abundant God.
12 And there rejoice before the LORD your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
After making these sacrifices, God instructs them to rejoice. It’s easy to say, “Huh?” and brush past it, but God is teaching us here that as we sacrifice, we must rejoice because as it says in verse 10, He is the one who gave us an inheritance and rest from our enemies. We sacrifice because we have good things already given onto us by the LORD.
It’s crucial to sacrifice and to live in accordance with God’s will and with Scripture
As you sacrifice and worship, remember God’s goodness.
We our able to sacrifice because God gives
Great circumstances does NOT lead to a heart of rejoicing; learn to rejoice in whatever circumstance you are in now!
As I worship and serve, I will remember God’s faithfulness
As I am at retreat, I will be excited, happy, and ready to receive from God, knowing that He has only good things for me.
As I come back to serve BYG the following week, I will come to Fridays and Sundays with more rest. I’ll sleep earlier so that I have more energy to REJOICE!