Scripture: verse 7
Put frankincense with each row [of bread] to be an offering made by fire to Adonai in place of the bread and as a reminder of it.
Observation: Each week, they had to use twelve gallons of fine flour to make bread, and the bread was displayed on the holy table. Frankincense was put out with it, and then the frankincense was burned and the bread got eaten by the priests.
The sacrifice was bread. But instead of taking the bread, which could then go to feed the priests, God took the frankincense, which had no real use beyond smelling nice.
Proverbs 37:25 says, “I have been young; now I am old; yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned, or his descendants begging for bread.” God is not unreasonable. He does not demand sacrifices that leave us with nothing. He deserves them – without His grace we would be dead in our sin (Col 2:13) – but He doesn’t take them. Because He loves us.
The things that we give to God have a way of coming back to us. Our sacrifices are often the source of our blessings. God asks us to trust Him with our finances and our time and our energy so that He can make sure we have plenty. Our trust becomes His provision.
Application: Give God His due. Trust Him to provide for you. He wants to, after all.
Prayer: Father, thank you for abundantly blessing everything my family has turned over to you. Help us to find more ways to trust you. Amen.