Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 9, 2014

Our LORD’s Concern for the Priests: “May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 7:28-38.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+7&version=NASB

We will focus on the following verses.

“31 The priest shall offer up the fat in smoke on the altar, but the breast shall belong to Aaron and his sons.  32 You shall give the right thigh to the priest as a contribution from the sacrifices of your peace offerings.  33 The one among the sons of Aaron who offers the blood of the peace offerings and the fat, the right thigh shall be his as his portion.  34 For I have taken the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the contribution from the sons of Israel from the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons as their due forever from the sons of Israel.

35 ‘This is that which is consecrated to Aaron and that which is consecrated to his sons from the offerings by fire to the Lord, in that day when he presented them to serve as priests to the Lord.  36 These the Lord had commanded to be given them from the sons of Israel in the day that He anointed them.  It is their due forever throughout their generations.’”  Leviticus 7:31-36.

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Our LORD’s concern for the priests is abundantly clear for all of His provisions for the priests and for His emphasis of it in today’s Scripture.  This concern should be comforting for us all as the “royal priesthood”.  And, it should also be comforting to those who work full-time as ministers, missionaries, and other church employees.

As for us all as the “royal priesthood”, here is another example of God’s concern and care for you so that “you may proclaim the excellencies of Him”.  See 1 Peter 2:9.  “For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.  …”  Psalm 95:7.  “For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.”  Psalm 23:5.

As for those who work full-time as ministers, missionaries, and other church employees,  “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 know of God’s concern and care for us.  But, it is good to be reminded of it.

From time to time, particularly when I am experiencing financial troubles, I read “Letters to Harry” now known as “Gold Mining”.  Here is a link to them at my web site – https://reformeddoctrine.com/covenant-protestant-church-and-quotes-for-the-day/  Here is one of my favorites.

GOLD MINE 3: RUTH 2:12
MAY THE LORD REWARD YOUR WORK AND MAKE YOUR WAGES FULL

August 21, 1992

Harry:
I am still struggling financially.  This is a hard fight.  “God give me faith”:  I pray.  The Lord must think that I can bear a lot and have a lot of faith.  I think it is more than I can stand through the flesh, but I trust God for strength.

My daily devotion today covered the book of Ruth.  God particularly gave me Ruth 2:12:  “’May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.’”

What struck me was the focus on the LORD:

1. “the LORD reward your work”

2. “your wages be full from the LORD

3. “the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge”.

The LORD is able to make me stand.  He has helped me in the past and delivered me.  He can do it now.  He can do it later, even when I think it is too late.  But He will rescue me. Psalm 91:15.

Yours truly,                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bill

 

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