David: giving back what is His…

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Reading: 1 Chronicles 26:20-29:30

Focus: 1 Chronicles 29:6-18

There is this dynamic between friends that you’ll go out for coffee and one friend will pay for coffee one time, then the next time the other friend will pay. It goes back and forth and you lose track of who has paid for who…and in the end, it becomes of little consequence. We give and take with little concern between friends, yet every time we are still just as grateful for the generosity of our friends.

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David: re-gifting?

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Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-24:45

Focus: 2 Samuel 24:18-25

Have you ever received something for free, without any cost, or been given a gift which you thought to give to someone else? For whatever reason, regardless, if people knew that you “re-gifted” something, just how would they feel? How would you feel? You’d feel cheated and worthless. You were only good enough to be given a second-hand gift, something people didn’t want…

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Numbers: giving out of what was given…

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Reading: Numbers 16:36-19:22

Focus: Numbers 18:21-32

In some corporate businesses, employees are encouraged to buy shares in the company. To encourage the practice, employees are given shares each year in the company as part of their wages. By doing so, the company seeks to encourage its employees to invest further by buying more shares in the company. In some sense, such a practice results in the employee paying their own wage. It encourages productivity and ownership of the company by its own employees.

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Numbers: the first is always His…

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Reading: Numbers 1:1-3:51

Focus: Numbers 3:11-13, 40-51

The first things are generally more valuable. The most treasured items are those that were first produced, even if they weren’t the best (maybe except in terms of technology). The older an antique, the greater its value. The first car off the Porsche production line only increases its value, rather than depreciating. The first house, even though run down and broken, is the most memorable and precious. The firstborn child is the one where one dreams and hopes for a better future.

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Leviticus: it’s simply not good enough…

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Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Focus: Leviticus 22:17-33

I used to have a violin teacher in high school, a Russian violin teacher, who was never satisfied with my progress (catalysed by my lack of practice and apathetic attitude towards her). Without fail each week she would have an episode, “No, no, no. Not like that! (*insert unintelligible Russian*) Like this! Like this!” or something of similar effect. Suffice to say, while I progressed, it was simply not good enough for her. (When you realise that we had students in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, with calibre that high…you just can’t compare.)

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Leviticus: priestly provisions

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Reading: Leviticus 5:1-7:38

Focus: Leviticus 7:28-36

In the 21st century, we have this thing called wages. We go to work and we get paid. Simple. We know that we can have food on the table if we go to work. But that’s not how it’s always been. In a highly agricultural society, the food on the table was what you produced on your land, then for things that you didn’t produce, you would trade with others who did. If you were in the services business, then, as a wage, you would trade food and products for your services. “For a few lambs, I can make you a lounge suite to die for!

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