Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 17, 2014

Dues and the Free Gift

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 10:12-15.  My next devotion, God willing, will be on Tuesday, April 22, after I return from my 4 day cruise to Cozumel.

“Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering that is left over from the Lord’s offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy.  You shall eat it, moreover, in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due out of the Lord’s offerings by fire;  for thus I have been commanded.  The breast of the wave offering, however, and the thigh of the offering you may eat in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters with you;  for they have been given as your due and your sons’ due out of the sacrifices of the peace offerings of the sons of Israel.  The thigh offered by lifting up and the breast offered by waving they shall bring along with the offerings by fire of the portions of fat, to present as a wave offering before the Lord;  so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the Lord has commanded.”  Leviticus 10:12-15.

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There were certain “dues”:   the grain offering that is left over from the Lord’s offerings by fire, the breast of the wave offering, and the thigh of the wave offering.  Today’s Scripture emphasizes five times that all these were “due” Aaron and his sons as priests:  “so it shall be a thing perpetually due you and your sons with you, just as the Lord has commanded.”  Verse 15.

These “dues” make us think of the free gift in comparison.

“Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.  But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”  Romans 4:4-8.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9.

To open this free gift and take a peak inside, :-)click the tag “Heaven” at the top of this page.


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