Deuteronomy 14-16: Dedicated to God

Over and over again, I have been faced with the mandate that God puts forth in the Law that the firstborn would be dedicated to Him. Honestly, I have been avoiding talking about it, even though it keeps weighing on my heart. Deuteronomy 15:19-20 is the latest passage dealing with the dedication of the firstborn to God:

[19] “All the firstborn males that are born of your herd and flock you shall dedicate to the LORD your God. You shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock. [20] You shall eat it, you and your household, before the LORD your God year by year at the place that the LORD will choose.

Obviously, this is not talking about firstborn babies. God decreed that all firstborn animals would be dedicated to Him as well. But here’s the odd part, dedicating the firstborn of your flock to God means that you eat it! What an odd way to show your obedience to the Lord. But, as I read this morning I was reminded of a passage in the New Testament. i Corinthians 10:31 says, So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

God calls us to dedicate everything to God, not simply our firstfruits or our firstborn. This was just a symbol to remind the people of Israel of what God requires of us. We must do everything to the glory of God, dedicating our very lives to Him. This is the way that we truly please Him, whether we eat or drink or work or love or drive or speak or whatever, we must do all for the glory of God alone.

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