I’m reading through the Bible (very slowly it seems), and I just love the Old Testament. I just finished Exodus and have entered into Leviticus. The book of Leviticus can be tough to get through. All the rules and laws of how to sacrifice an animal for specific offerings and what animal to use, how to sacrifice it, who can eat what part of it…etc can be a bit monotonous and hard to take in. The Bible truly has a bit of everything in it!
Even the last half of Exodus can feel a bit slow – when God is telling Moses how to build the tabernacle and all of the yarn and tools and material they will need and the dimensions that it should be and then add everything that needs to go inside of it like the ark of the covenant, oil burning lamps, tables…etc and it can feel the same way Leviticus does. But there is importance to all of it. God cares about where He dwells, and so should we. (Although I am thankful that Jesus became the spotless lamb on our behalf for our sin so we no longer have to do animal sacrifices every time we sin. Instead, we can have a personal relationship with Him and that is pretty amazing!)
(*Side Note: The Bible Project videos are super helpful in seeing the importance of some of these books that can be hard to understand. For Leviticus, the suggested videos are the Read Scripture: Leviticus and the video on Atonement is spot on!)
So in Exodus 25 – 31, the Israelites are at the beginning stages of building the tabernacle and commanding Moses to tell the people to bring their contributions.
“…From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me”. Exodus 25:2
and in Leviticus 7:37-38 this is how the chapter is ended for these specific offerings…
“This is the law of the burnt offering, of the grain offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the ordination offering, and of the peace offering, which the Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day that he commanded the people of Israel to bring their offerings to the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai.”
So what does this have to do with Worship?
As in Exodus, we all have a contribution to offer the Lord. The Lord doesn’t just ask contributions from the Israelites but from all of His people. If we are His, part of our response to His love is to offer our love back to Him. He has given us all gifts and talents – that He is due the honor and glory for.
And just like in Leviticus, sometimes we are in seasons that feel like we are wandering in the Wilderness. It can be hard to see God’s purpose in our life, or to see His hand, but His provision is always there, His presence is always with us. But even in the midst of the wilderness, we can give our offerings. Whether that is food, time, finances, work of our hands, belongings…etc. God is still worthy no matter what season we are in of our all.
So whatever you can give, no matter how much or how little – give it. God will be pleased, and you will be blessed.