Leviticus 14: Give with a Sincere Heart
In Leviticus 14, we are still talking about leprosy, but I want to go in a slightly different direction today.
Lev 14:21 And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil;
Lev 14:22 And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.
In these verses, we are reading about the sacrifice that needs to be given for a person to be cleansed of leprosy. However, verse 21 in particular stood out to me because notice that there is a provision for people who might not have as much money.
I found it very interesting that God did not design the sacrifice system to only benefit the rich. I think that this is a perfect example of the justice of God.
If He had not built in this provision, you can imagine people on earth complaining that only the rich people can afford to be cleansed from leprosy. All of the poor people would be unclean for the rest of their lives because of something as trivial as money.
God did not want money to be any type of barrier because money is not much of a problem to Him. Unclean people could not worship in the tabernacle, and God wanted to get them back as soon as possible.
Notice that He never excused the sacrifice because people were poor, but He was realistic about what certain people would be able to bring. The point was that they brought what they could afford with a sincere heart.
Think about the lady in the temple with Jesus. Obviously, she didn’t have leprosy and wasn’t giving a sacrifice, but remember what Jesus said about her offering?
Mar 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
Mar 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
Mar 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
Mar 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Leviticus and Mark are essentially saying the same thing. We should give to God what we can and because of what He has given to us, but He is more interested in how we give rather than the amount.