March 18

March 18.

The Priests & Tithing — The people tithe 10% & the priests tithe 10%.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Numbers 18

Reading 2: Deuteronomy 14:22-29

Reading 3: Malachi 3:8-12

After the rebellions and judgments of the past few readings, today God gives more instructions to the people of Israel about the form and structure of their worship. As a people chosen by God they are to put God first in all their worship and in their everyday lives. The connection between those two is the tithe – the first portion (tenth) of their increase belongs to God and is brought to the priests and Levites. This prioritizes God’s place in providing for them and directing their nation.

In turn the Levites give the best tenth of those offerings to Aaron and the priests to give to God. All these offerings are central to their worship and devotion, weaving an integral connection between God, the people, and their livelihoods. When God asks for your money it is not to take from you but to give to you. He doesn’t need our money, but He does want our lives! The tithe is a key part of us saying “yes” to Him – our worship of the One who gives us everything.

Have a blessed day!

Mark.

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