Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 6, 2014

Much more than a share for the priests, much more than a defense to David: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 6:14-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+6&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“16 What is left of it Aaron and his sons are to eat. It shall be eaten as unleavened cakes in a holy place;  they are to eat it in the court of the tent of meeting.  17 It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their share from My offerings by fire;  it is most holy, like the sin offering and the guilt offering.  18 Every male among the sons of Aaron may eat it;  it is a permanent ordinance throughout your generations, from the offerings by fire to the Lord.  Whoever touches them will become consecrated.’”  …

26 The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it.  It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the tent of meeting.  …

29 Every male among the priests may eat of it;  it is most holy.  …”  Leviticus Chapter 6:  Verses 16-18 and 26 and 29.

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We see a share given for the priests in today’s Scripture.

And we see the principle applied to ministers of the gospel.  “Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?  So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.”  1 Corinthians 9:13-14.

We see David defended even though he took some of the consecrated bread and this principle applied to also defend Christ’s disciples for their actions on the Sabbath.  “And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while picking the heads of grain.  The Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”  And He *said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry;  how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?”  Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:23-28.

But, Jesus Christ, this Son of Man, this Lord of the Sabbath, provided much more as we consider the Lord’s Supper this Sunday.

“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven;  if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;  and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”  John 6:51-56.

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