Note: it appears the CJB may be using a non-standard verse numbering. Or, more likely, the traditional Jewish and Christian chapter divisions are different and it follows the Jewish one. At any rate, I am consistently using the Complete Jewish Bible.
Scripture: from verse 9
It is to be eaten without leaven in a holy place — they are to eat it in the courtyard of the tent of meeting.
Observation: Grain offerings, which are a form of voluntary worship, were not entirely burned up. A handful was burned, along with all the incense included, and the rest was eaten by the priests as part of God’s provision for them. But the fact that God gave it to them did not mean they could do with it as they pleased. They had to be holy when they ate it.
God has given Hero and me a ton of blessings, especially financial blessings. But we are not free to do whatever we want with them. We have to use them the way God tells us to. It’s part of being His child.
Holy means different, other, even alien. It means not normal, not natural. God’s gifts aren’t meant to be used in the ways that seem normal and natural to us at first glance. That means different things in different contexts, but it’s always wise to seek His guidance in how to use things. So we do.
In reality, it’s probably just as well. I recently read Happy Money, which explores what spending decisions make people happiest. What was interesting was how counter-intuitive our happiness is. People were rarely able to predict what decisions would make them happiest after the money was spent.
So when God tells us to use our blessings in ways that don’t make sense to us – when He pushes us to invest in others, to spend time doing things we wouldn’t have expected, to eat unleavened bread in the holy place – it’s probably because He loves us. And He loves us too much to miss the opportunity of making us happy.
Application: Pray before spending, whether spending time or money or energy or whatever else He has given you. God has a plan, and His plan gives you a future and a hope. Follow it.
Prayer: Father, thank you for guiding us. Thank you for blessing us and teaching us to bless others. Help me to follow you closely and trust you implicitly. Help me to be other. Amen.