God set the boundaries of the Promised Land. John in Revelation 21 describes the boundaries of Jerusalem Above. Boundaries remind us that He is our Lord – we respect His will and desire. The Ten Commandments also are boundaries of a different sort. People who accept the boundaries make good neighbours!
“… From the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few;”
The tithing principle of giving a portion of what the Lord has given to you is seen here.
The tribes were to give cities to the Levites, the number determined by the size of the land they had (which was determined by the size of the tribe).
We read in God’s word the importance of the first-fruits, the first-born.
In Numbers 3 we read God’s intent in consecrating (setting apart) the firstborn (who opens the womb) – And swapping in the Levites for the rest of Israel’s firstborn.
Romans 12 gives us another layer on this understanding,
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
We are all in Christ set apart and consecrated, and so all that we do is to be first-fruits, given to the Lord.
It is important for us to give back to God from what He has given to us – The best of our work, our time and energy, our worship.
And as with Israel, so with us – We do not need to give the same as someone else, we do not measure our giving against others in God’s church. We give out of whatever measure God has given to us (large or small across many different means and areas).
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for Your love, for Jesus Your Son, for His sacrifice – You have given to us so very much!
Thank You for allowing us ways to give back to You with whatever You give to us.
Please help us to wrestle with what we need to give, how we give, our heart – Not under compulsion but in the freedom that comes through You.
Thank You Lord.