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husband helping with groceries February 28 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Numbers 7:1- 8:4

Ownership and Responsibility; making a person feel important

How do we get our family members to feel a part of the family? If each person has at least one responsibility, he feels a part of the family. When someone brings home groceries, the whole family carries them into the house. If we are moving we might give everyone in our family tasks (even a preschooler can carry a stuffed animal). If we want to help an employee feel an important part of an organization, he could be given a little recognition at the completion of a project. Are you part of God's family? Not only can you have peace, forgiveness, and spiritual life (more...), you also have an opportunity to take ownership and responsibility in your new family. You can actively be a part of it by contributing.

God had given directions to Moses regarding the construction of the tabernacle, and he had set aside priests to serve there, along with instructions regarding their offerings; but all along the way he sought to have the whole community become involved. He wanted them to take responsibility and ownership of the tabernacle, their portable worship center. The tabernacle was for all the people, not just their representative priests. It was the people who brought contributions of materials to build the tabernacle. It was the people, not just leaders, who were required to obey the decrees of the LORD and to bring acceptable sacrifices. The Israelites even took an active part in the sacrifices. Now, after the tabernacle was built, the people brought carts for the Levites to transport the tabernacle whenever it was moved. The Kohathites, descendants of Aaron the high priest, did not need carts, however; they were to carry the furniture of the tabernacle on their shoulders. The Merarites and Gershonites, also descendants of Aaron, needed carts and oxen to transport the framework and curtains of the tabernacle. Many younger churches can sympathize with the Israelites. They set up their worship center in schools or other buildings because they do not have their own church building. They set up and take down chairs. furniture, stage, other props, and instruments used in worship every Sunday. It is useful to have ways of carrying them. People must be concerned with the practical aspects of ministry as well as the spiritual aspects. We need to generously supply the needs.

After supplying carts to the Levites, each tribe was required to bring an offering to dedicate the bronze altar, thereby putting it into service. Each tribe brought the same offering:

His offering was one silver plate weighing a hundred and thirty shekels, [That is, about 3 1/4 pounds (about 1.5 kilograms)] and one silver sprinkling bowl weighing seventy shekels, [That is, about 1 3/4 pounds (about 0.8 kilogram)] both according to the sanctuary shekel, each filled with fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; one gold dish weighing ten shekels, [That is, about 4 ounces (about 110 grams)] filled with incense; one young bull, one ram and one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; one male goat for a sin offering; and two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs a year old, to be sacrificed as a fellowship offering (Numbers 7:13-17, NIV).

Why was each tribe’s contribution listed separately if all of them were exactly the same? Why not just summarize them? Again, we appreciate each person’s contribution when we mention it, though it may seem redundant. Each tribe was recognized for their contribution; each had a part in the whole. We must not underestimate the importance of recognition. If people know they will be recognized for something, they most often act responsibly. Not only is recognition an honor, but we are held responsible for what we do. All tribes were to bring the same contributions, but if one tribe cheated the offerings, that tribe would feel guilt and be held accountable.

Let's be willing to give ourselves to the LORD and help our leaders in the service of the LORD. The Apostle Paul said of the Philippian church,

I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God, (Philippians 4:18).

Let's be like that; let's encourage our church and ministers with our help.

Lessons to live by:

  • Are you part of God's family? Not only can you have peace, forgiveness, and spiritual life (more...), you also have an opportunity to take ownership and responsibility in your new family. You can actively be a part of it by contributing.
  • People must be concerned with the practical aspects of ministry as well as the spiritual aspects. We need to generously supply the needs.
  • We show appreciation for each person’s contribution when we mention it.
  • We must not underestimate the importance of recognition. If people know they will be recognized for something, they most often act responsibly.
  • Let's encourage our church and ministers with our help.

Today’s Bible memory verse:

Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (NIV)

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