As God continues to give instructions concerning the offerings, he describes how the priests are to be supported.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present a peace offering to the Lord, bring part of it as a gift to the Lord. Present it to the Lord with your own hands as a special gift to the Lord. Bring the fat of the animal, together with the breast, and lift up the breast as a special offering to the Lord. Then the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his descendants. Give the right thigh of your peace offering to the priest as a gift. The right thigh must always be given to the priest who offers the blood and the fat of the peace offering. For I have reserved the breast of the special offering and the right thigh of the sacred offering for the priests. It is the permanent right of Aaron and his descendants to share in the peace offerings brought by the people of Israel. This is their rightful share. The special gifts presented to the Lord have been reserved for Aaron and his descendants from the time they were set apart to serve the Lord as priests. On the day they were anointed, the Lord commanded the Israelites to give these portions to the priests as their permanent share from generation to generation.”
God told the people of Israel to bring their fellowship offerings personally, with their own hands. They were to take time and effort to express thanks to God. The part of the offering that the priests presented before the Lord was theirs to keep. These offerings helped feed the priests, who cared for God’s house. In a similar way, the New Testament teaches that ministers should be supported by the sacrifices of people they serve (1 Corinthians 9:14). We should give generously to those who minister to us.
God gave his people many rituals and instructions to follow. All the rituals in Leviticus were meant to teach the people valuable lessons. But over time, the people became indifferent to the meanings of these rituals and they began to lose touch with God. When your church appears to be conducting dry, meaningless rituals, try rediscovering the original meaning and purpose behind them.
Take time to think about the rituals you have and what they mean for your relationships with God and others. Look for opportunities to express thanks both to God and to others who have helped and blessed you. Perhaps it’s a new ritual that you could begin.