Ever heard it is better to give than receive? Ever asked how you could be a more generous giver? Ever wondered how much you will get to give away? How do you give? Do you give financially? Do you give of your time? Do you give of your energy? Do you give of your love?
Do you realize giving isn’t all about the size? It’s about the heart and the obedience of giving? Consider how Jesus spoke to how the widow gave more than others even though she gave but 2 mites. God is looking for people who give out of compulsion or guilt, He desires a cheerful giver!
Are you a giver or a taker? Are you a giver or a receiver? Are you a giver? You have been given incredible gifts and talents on purpose for a purpose! How will you use them? How will you share them? Do you realize the most important thing that you can give or receive? It’s forgiveness! It breaks ! It sets people free! It’s why Jesus gave His all on the cross! He gave it as an eternal sacrifice so that no more and no less would be necessary for humanity to be able to be reconciled to God! We just need to accept it and receive and then start to live it out!
Today’s reading continues into various offerings that were written into the Jewish law…
1“This is the Torah of the trespass offering. It is most holy. 2In the place where they slaughter the burnt offering, he is to slaughter the trespass offering. And he is to splash its blood around on the altar. 3He should offer all of its fat, the fat tail and the fat that covers the innards, 4along with the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, which is by the loins, plus the cover on the liver that he is to remove with the kidneys. 5Then the kohen should burn them up as smoke on the altar for an offering made by fire to Adonai. It is a trespass offering. 6Every male among the kohanim may eat it. It is to be eaten in a holy place—it is most holy.
Fellowship Offerings for Kohanim7“As is the sin offering, so is the trespass offering, there is one Torah for them: they are for the kohen who makes atonement with them. 8The kohen who offers anyone’s burnt offering, that kohen is to have for himself the hide of the burnt offering which he has offered. 9Every meal offering that is baked in the oven, and all that is prepared on the flat plate and on the pan, is to belong to the kohen who offers it. 10Every grain offering, whether mixed with oil or dry, belongs to all the sons of Aaron equally. 11“Now this is the Torah of the sacrifice of fellowship offerings which may be offered to Adonai. 12If he brings it for a thanksgiving, then he is to present with the sacrifice of thanksgiving matzah cakes mixed with oil, matzah wafers anointed with oil, and fine flour cakes mixed with oil. 13He is to present his offering with the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings for thanksgiving along with cakes of bread with hametz. 14From each he is to offer one out of every offering as a gift to Adonai. It will belong to the kohen who sprinkles the blood of the fellowship offerings. 15The meat of the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings for thanksgiving is to be eaten on the day of his offering. He is not to leave any of it until the morning. 16“But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow or a freewill offering, it is to be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice. On the next day what remains of it may be eaten. 17But what remains of the meat of the sacrifice on the third day is to be burned up with fire. 18If any of the meat of the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings is eaten on the third day, it will not be accepted, nor will it be credited to him who offers it. It will be a foul thing—and the soul who eats any from it will bear his own iniquity. 19“The meat that touches any unclean thing is not to be eaten. It is to be burned up with fire. As for the meat, everyone who is clean may eat it, 20but the soul who eats of the meat of the sacrifice of fellowship offerings belonging to Adonai, having his uncleanness on him, that soul is to be cut off from his people. 21If anyone touches any unclean thing, whether the uncleanness of man, or an unclean animal or any unclean detestable thing, and eats some of the meat of the sacrifice of fellowship offerings belonging to Adonai, that soul is to be cut off from his people.” 22Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 23“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: You are to eat no fat of a bull or sheep or goat. 24The fat of a dead animal and the fat of a torn animal may be used for any other service, but you must not eat it. 25For if anyone eats the fat of the animal from which an offering is made by fire to Adonai, then the soul who eats it is to be cut off from his people. 26“You are not to eat any blood, whether it is from a bird or an animal, in any of your dwellings. 27Whoever it is who consumes any blood, that soul is to be cut off from his people.’” 28Then Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 29“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: Whoever brings the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings to Adonai is to present his offering to Adonai out of the sacrifice of his fellowship offerings. 30With his own hands he is to bring Adonai’s offerings by fire. He is to present the fat with the breast, so that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before Adonai. 31The kohen is to burn up the fat as smoke on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his sons. 32The right thigh you are to give to the kohen for a contribution out of the sacrifices of your fellowship offerings. 33The one among Aaron’s sons who offers the blood of the fellowship offerings and the fat is to have the right thigh for a portion. 34For the breast of the wave offering and the thigh contribution I have taken from Bnei-Yisrael out of the sacrifices of their fellowship offerings and have given them to Aaron the kohen and to his sons as their portion forever from Bnei-Yisrael.” 35This is the anointed portion of Aaron and the anointed portion of his sons out of the offerings of Adonai made by fire, on the day when he presented them to serve Adonai in the office of kohen. 36Adonai commanded these to be given to them from Bnei-Yisrael on the day that he anointed them. It is their portion forever throughout their generations. 37This is the Torah of the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, the ordination offering, and the sacrifice of fellowship offerings, 38which Adonai commanded Moses at Mount Sinai, on the day He commanded Bnei-Yisrael to present their offerings to Adonai, in the wilderness of Sinai.–from Leviticus 7
Will you set it apart? Will you set it up as something special for use by God? Will you dedicate your work to God? Will you make your life a living sacrifice to God? What will you consecrate to God? Moses set apart the line of Aaron to God, to serve Him, to give!
Consecration of the Kohanim1Then Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 2“Take Aaron and his sons with him, the garments, the anointing oil, the bull of the sin offering, the two rams and the basket of matzot . 3Then assemble all the congregation at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.” 4So Moses did as Adonai commanded him. When the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, 5Moses said to the congregation, “This is what Adonai has commanded to be done.” 6Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. 7He put the tunic on Aaron, tied the sash on him, clothed him with the robe, put the ephod on him, and tied the skillfully decorated sash of the ephod around him and fastened it on him. 8He then placed the breastplate on Aaron, and inside the breastplate he put the Urim and the Thummim. 9He set the turban on his head, and on front of the turban he set the golden plate, the holy crown, just as Adonai commanded Moses. 10Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and all that was in it, and so consecrated them. 11He sprinkled the oil on the altar seven times and anointed the altar and all its utensils, the basin with its stand, to consecrate them. 12He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him. 13Then Moses brought Aaron’s sons, and clothed them with tunics, tied sashes on them, and fastened headbands on them, as Adonai had commanded Moses. 14Then he brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering. 15Moses then slaughtered it, took the blood and dabbed it onto the horns of the altar with his finger, and so purified the altar. Then he poured out the blood at the base of the altar and consecrated it, to make atonement for it. 16He then took all the fat that was on the innards, the cover of the liver, and the two kidneys and their fat, and burned it up as smoke on the altar. 17But the bull and its hide, its flesh and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as Adonai had commanded. 18He then presented the ram of the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19Then Moses slaughtered it and splashed the blood around on the altar. 20After he cut the ram into its pieces, Moses burned the head, the pieces, and the fat. 21He washed the innards and the legs with water. Then Moses burned the whole ram up in smoke on the altar. It was a burnt offering for a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to Adonai, as Adonai had commanded Moses. 22Then he presented the second ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23Moses slaughtered it, took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the great toe of his right foot. 24Then Moses brought Aaron’s sons and put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet. Then Moses splashed the blood around on the altar. 25He took the fat, the fat tail, and all the fat that was on the innards, as well as the cover of the liver, the two kidneys with their fat and the right thigh. 26Then out of the basket of matzah that was before Adonai, he took one matzah cake, one cake of oiled bread and one wafer, and placed them on the fat and on the right thigh. 27He put all these in Aaron’s hands and in the hands of his sons, and waved them for a wave offering before Adonai. 28Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them up in smoke on the altar with the burnt offering. They were a consecration for a soothing aroma. It was an offering by fire to Adonai. 29Moses took the breast and waved it for a wave offering before Adonai. It was Moses’ portion of the ram of ordination, just as Adonai commanded Moses. 30Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, and on his sons, and on his sons’ garments with him. So he consecrated Aaron, his garments, his sons and his sons’ garments with him. 31Moses then said to Aaron and to his sons, “Boil the meat at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and eat it there, along with the bread that is in the basket of ordination, as I commanded, saying: ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it.’ 32What remains of the meat and of the bread you should burn with fire. 33You are not to go out from the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are fulfilled, for he will be filling your hands for seven days. 34What has been done this day, Adonai has commanded to be done, in order to make atonement for you. 35You are to stay at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting day and night for seven days, and keep Adonai’s command, so that you do not die, for so I have been commanded.” 36Thus Aaron and his sons did all the things that Adonai commanded through Moses.–from Leviticus 8
What’s in your heart? What’s in your mind? What’s coming out of you? What are you saying in words? What are you saying in actions? What are others hearing by watching and listening to you? They are watching…Are they seeing you doing good? Will you stand up for what is right? Are you being an ambassador of peace? Are you sharing the gift of forgiveness? Are you helping break the chains and bondage of sin through offering, giving, handing out the hope of forgiveness? Are you about helping others? Are you about being a giver? Do people give you a hard time because you are doing good things? Do people give you a hard time because of the work you are doing? Don’t give up! Don’t lose hope! Complete the work that the Father has given you to do! Let the goal to be hearing Him say “well done my good and faithful servant”.
Healing on Shabbat1After this there was a Jewish feast, and Yeshua went up to Jerusalem.
2Now in Jerusalem there is a pool by the sheep gate, called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five porches.
3In these a crowd of invalids was lying around—blind, lame, disabled.
5Now a certain man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years.
6Seeing him lying there and knowing he had been that way a long time, Yeshua said to him, “Do you want to get well?”
7The invalid answered Him, “Sir, I have nobody to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I’m trying to get in, somebody else steps down before me!”
8Yeshua tells him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!”
9Immediately, the man was healed! He took up his mat and started walking around. Now that day was Shabbat,
10so Judean leaders were saying to the man who was healed, “It’s Shabbat! It’s not permitted for you to carry your mat.”
11But he answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?”
13But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, for Yeshua had slipped away into the crowd in that place.
14Afterwards, Yeshua finds him in the Temple. He said to him, “Look, you’ve been healed! Stop sinning, so nothing worse happens to you.”
15The man left and told the Judean leaders that it was Yeshua who had made him well.
Sent by the Father16Because Yeshua was doing these things on Shabbat, the Judean leaders started persecuting Him.
17But Yeshua said to them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.”
18So for this reason the Judean leaders kept trying even harder to kill Him—because He was not only breaking Shabbat, but also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
19Therefore Yeshua answered them, “Amen, amen I tell you, the Son cannot do anything by Himself. He can do only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.
20For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does. He will show Him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.
21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wants.
22The Father does not judge anyone, but has handed over all judgment to the Son
23so that all should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24“Amen, amen I tell you, whoever hears My word and trusts the One who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed over from death into life.
25Amen, amen I tell you, an hour is coming and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of Ben-Elohim. Those who hear will live!
26For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.
27Also He has given the Son authority to judge, because He is the Son of Man.
28“Do not be amazed at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice
29and come out! Those who have done good will come to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil will come to a resurrection of judgment.
30I can do nothing on My own. Just as I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, for I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”
The Father Testifies about the Son31“If I testify about Myself, My witness is not valid.
32There is another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives is true.
33You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.
34I do not receive the testimony of man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.
35He was the lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice for a while in his light.
36“But the testimony I have is greater than that from John. The works the Father has given Me to finish—the very works I am doing—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.
37And the Father who sent Me has testified concerning Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form.
38Nor do you have His Word living in you, because you do not trust the One He sent.
39You search the Scriptures because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. It is these that testify about Me.
40Yet you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life!
41“I do not accept glory from men.
42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
43I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me. But if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
44How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that comes from God alone?
45“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope.
46For if you were believing Moses, you would believe Me—because he wrote about Me.
47But since you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”–from John 5