Gifts and Priests

Day 40

Prayer for the day

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name

Scripture for the day

Leviticus 6-7, Matthew 25:1-30

The priests in the first testament seem to have it pretty easy. They’re always getting to eat the sacrificial meat and bread and all the wonderful prime produce that the people of Israel sacrificed to God. I’ve often wondered why the priests got such good spoils while the people were sacrificing their best to God.

The concept of fairness doesn’t seem to have much traction in the first testament sacrificial system. Why does God seem to play favorites with the priests? And what does this possibly have to do with Jesus and the distribution of gold bags? In the parable Jesus tells, the requirements of the master correspond to his gift to the servant. From the one who is given much, much is required. From the one given little, less. However, the master in this story always expects a return on the investment he made. So it is with Israel and so it is with us.

The priests were given good reward but their level of responsibility was enormous. They were responsible for the holiness of the people of God, which was no mean feat. All of us, likewise are given a task. Sometimes the task requires incredible fortitude, sometimes less. And the expectation is always the same: have you done what you could with what you were given?

Has God’s investment begun to pay off in you?

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