The best of all the firstfruits and of every contribution from all your offerings will belong to the priests. You are to give your first batch of dough to the priest, so that a blessing may rest upon your homes.
I. ALL THAT THE CHRISTIAN HAS IS DEVOTED TO THE LORD IN VIRTUE OF WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR HIM.
1. Everything is the Lord's gift. What have we that we did not receive?
2. Everything is redeemed by Christ, who, in giving himself a ransom for us, redeemed our possessions and our powers unto himself.
II. ALL THAT THE CHRISTIAN HAS IS DEVOTED TO THE LORD IN VIRTUE OF HIS CONSCIOUS SURRENDER AND DELIBERATE CONSECRATION OF HIMSELF TO HIS REDEEMING GOD. The dedication which the true Christian has made of himself to his Savior is unreserved.
"Yet if I might make some reserve, And duty did not can, I love my Lord with zeal so great That I would give thee all!" As it was foretold that upon the bells of the horses should be inscribed, "Holiness unto the Lord," so, as a matter of fact, should the sincere Christian devote to his Redeemer all the common possessions, all the daily opportunities, with which Providence enriches him. III. THE PRINCIPLE LENDS A NEW BEAUTY AND DIGNITY TO ALL THAT THE CHRISTIAN OWNS AND DOES. Every Christian's life is dedicated, and all his property and all his talents and influence are devoted. He is not his own. Thus the light of heaven is shed upon the darkness of earth, and common things are not without a glory, because they are sanctified and ennobled as used for the service and the praise of God. - T. (F. B. Meyer, B. A.)
III. THE PRINCIPLE LENDS A NEW BEAUTY AND DIGNITY TO ALL THAT THE CHRISTIAN OWNS AND DOES. Every Christian's life is dedicated, and all his property and all his talents and influence are devoted. He is not his own. Thus the light of heaven is shed upon the darkness of earth, and common things are not without a glory, because they are sanctified and ennobled as used for the service and the praise of God. - T.
(F. B. Meyer, B. A.)
"Thou art the organ, whose full breath is thunder;
I am the keys, beneath Thy fingers pressed."
(A. Maclaren, D. D.).
PeopleEzekiel, Israelites, Joel, Levites, Zadok
TopicsBelong, Best, Blessing, Bread-making, Cause, Causing, Coarse, Contribution, Contributions, Dough, Firstfruits, First-fruits, Fruits, Gifts, Ground, Heave-offering, Heave-offerings, Household, Kind, Kinds, Lifted, Meal, Oblation, Oblations, Offering, Offerings, Portion, Priest, Priests, Priest's, Rest, Sort, Special
Outline1. The east gate assigned only to the prince
4. The priests reproved for polluting the sanctuary
9. Idolaters incapable of the priests office
15. The sons of Zadok are accepted thereto
17. Ordinances for the priests
Dictionary of Bible ThemesEzekiel 44:30
LibraryThat the Ruler Relax not his Care for the Things that are Within in his Occupation among the Things that are Without, nor Neglect to Provide
The ruler should not relax his care for the things that are within in his occupation among the things that are without, nor neglect to provide for the things that are without in his solicitude for the things that are within; lest either, given up to the things that are without, he fall away from his inmost concerns, or, occupied only with the things that are within bestow not on his neighbours outside himself what he owes them. For it is often the case that some, as if forgetting that they have …
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great
Epistle iv. To Cyriacus, Bishop.
Paul's Departure and Crown;
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