Leviticus 7:28-38: Wages

The work-man’s worthy of his wage,
And for his service prompt his pay,
Divine this declaration.
The wages of right are breath and life,
The wages of sin are death and strife,
Paid without hesitation.

Then raise the thigh and heave your cost,
And wave the breast – this sacred cross,
The wages of the clergy,
The sacrifice would pay it’s blood,
The meat was paid to priests for food,
All pointing yet to Calvary.

Where God’s own son was sacrificed,
He – lifted, waved – our savior, Christ,
His body our communion.
Our pay is Christ, His priests, His bride,
Our sacred food, our joy, our life,
And bound in holy union.

So raise your offering to the Lord,
Support the shepherds of His word,
The worship of your tithing.
A tribe of Levites, priests of God,
Our portion bought with sacred blood,
For Jesus all our striving.

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2 thoughts on “Leviticus 7:28-38: Wages

  1. In Leviticus 7:28-38, we read that the meat of the right thigh and the breast were to be given to the priests, after being heaved and waved respectively. So why was this?
    On a practical level, these portions of meat served as the priest’s salary. Priests were not given farm-land like the rest of the Israelites, so they had to eat somehow — this ordinance would insure that the priests always had plenty to eat — even if they didn’t have much money. God provides for the needs of His servants, by giving them food! Today, this has a very practical application in tithing. Pastors need to eat like the rest of us, so give you tithe to the church, so that they can keep serving the Lord in ministry!
    One thing that stuck out to me about this passage was the act of waving and heaving (raising the sacrifice into the air). Jesus was raised up (like the heave offering), as he shed his blood for the propitiation of sin. Jesus was a heave offering — the practical upshot of this being that we (as his priests) then receive the heave offering as our pay. In other words, we as Christians are paid by God for our service to Him, and that payment is Jesus Christ Himself! Not through any works of our own, but solely through the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  2. The poem adds to my growing sense of awe at the intricate beauty of the ancient tabernacle ceremonies, performed by ordinary believers just like us. What made it extraordinary was the priest’s willingness to turn their lives over to the Lord and do things exactly the way He instructed them to. He used them for His purposes of redemption and intercession because they were humble before Him – a lesson for all of us.

    It is touching how much God cares for those who spend their lives in service to Him. He repeats Himself several times, like a concerned father would do, as if to say, “Make sure my servants get their share of the meat. Got it? Make sure, ok?”

    So, yes, we are to make sure we care for those called to full time ministry. They and their families are depending on us.

    Another application is the physical act of lifting hands in our offerings to God. When I first got the smartphone that I am typing on right now, I was a bit concerned about the trouble I could bring on myself and others through inappropriate use. So I cradled the phone in my hands and lifted it up in the air, offering it in dedication to Jesus. I acknowledged that it was really His phone and thanked Him for entrusting it to my use. I asked for His help to use the phone responsibly, and He has answered that prayer. Praise be to God. Amen.

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