Reading #1 – Leviticus 2
Reading #2 – Psalms 35
Reading #3 – Proverbs 17
Reading #4 – Micah 6
Reading #5 – 1 Timothy 4
Leviticus 2 – The grain Offering – Must be the finest quality. The thick or thin loaves brushed with olive oil and withot yeast. Season your offering with salt (Luke 13:34). Honey can only be used in the “First Fruits” offering.
Psalms 35 – The writer of this Psalm, David, is being opposed by the very people he had helped, prayed over, encouraged, and provided for in their time of need. Yet, he is now in a place where he needs someone to come to his rescue and no one is around, no one wants to lift a finger, but everyone criticizes him saying, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we saw him do it (21)!” When I read this Psalm for about 57th time in the past 30 years, I hear Jesus speaking which, is no surprise because, Jesus was a decendent by birth of King David; but, more importantly because Jesus had the very same spirit that David had. According to John Gill’s commentary, this Psalm was written about the time that Saul was trying to kill David. As a young man, David attacked the giant Goliath and killed him when no one else would do it (1 Samuel 17). David was brought in as Saul’s body guard (1 Samuel 28:2). When evil menacing spirits would taunt Saul and cause him unending grief, David was called in to play for him (1 Samuel 16:14-23). Yet, here he was on the run, out of options, and never able to let his guard down. That is the background for this Psalm and why the author felt it necessary to pray for justice.
Proverbs 17 – A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashings on the back of a fool. Both the rebuke and the lashing have a purpose and that is, “Correction”. For this reason, we have the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17. As humans, being brought up short for our failures is not something we relish. For this very reason, many close the Bible and refuse to read it instead, they pick and chose phrases to hold up for encouragement without considering what the rest of the book says.
Micah 6 – God’s case against Israel/Samaria – The full intention of this prophecy was to correct the people and to call them back to their senses before the coming days of destruction. What kind of offering is God looking for from this broken nation? What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:to do what is right, to love mercy,and to walk humbly with your God (6-8 NLT). This sounds very simple and costs so little but, the ways of the world cost nothing, there is no accountability required simply, “do what makes you feel good”.
1 Timothy 5 – Windows and Elders – It is our responsibility to care for our relatives and not push the burden off on someone else when we can help. Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[e] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay (17 NLT). Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light (24-25).