Leviticus 7:30 (HCSB)
30 His own hands will bring the fire offerings to the Lord. He will bring the fat together with the breast. The breast is to be waved as a presentation offering before the Lord.
This final passage of Leviticus 7 focuses on the part of the sacrifice that is for the priests. There is some additional specificity concerning the parts that are to be the priests: the breast and the right thigh. But two verses in particular stand out to me.
- Leviticus 7:30 states, “His own hands will bring the fire offerings to the Lord.” The reference here is to whoever is bringing the offering, not the priest. After all the focus on the ritual of the sacrifices, and the priests role, and the division of the sacrifices, this verse popped for me as a reminder of the heart of the sacrifice: our coming to God, and repenting ourselves. The priesthood was set up by God, and certainly was critical, but we should not lose sight of our personal relationship with God as well. If we think we can, and should, be totally separated from God, we are mistaken.
- Leviticus 7:34 says, “I have taken from the Israelites…” This is God speaking, referring to Himself. The contrast between Lev 7:30 and Lev 7:34 stands out to me. Previously it was man bringing, but here it is God taking. It seems that the Hebrew here is pretty consistently translated as “taken”, rather than “received” or some other more passive sounding verb. So it gives a sense of God’s control, His power. We ought to be reminded of His power and control, lest we think we are the ones defining what God gets and we give! But note two things about this: a) God is not taking more than what He has already commanded via the sacrifice to begin with, and b) He is redistributing it to man, the priests. We ought to note that we cannot out-give God, we cannot give Him more than He provides! Also, we should recognize the blessings that God works our worship, giving, and sacrifice into. We don’t make these things possible with our sacrifice, but God does honor it.
Lord, thank You for giving us exactly what we need, and more than we could ever return to You. Help us to see Your riches poured back out through our sacrifices. And even if we don’t see it, help us to have faith that You are in control, are the source of all power, and are all we need. Amen.