31 “You should take the ram of ordination and boil its meat in a holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons should eat the meat of the ram and the bread that is in the basket in the entrance of the tent of meeting. 33 They should eat those things with which atonement was made at their ordination and consecration, but an outsider should not eat of them, because they are holy. 34 And if any of the meat for the ordination or of the bread remain until the morning, then you should burn the remainder with fire. It should not be eaten, because it is holy.
The sacred meal eaten by the priests in the courtyard at the entrance of the tent of meeting was an exclusive dining experience. Nothing was to be kept for leftovers or later snacking. It had to be eaten together by all the priests in service. This symbolized the unity required by those who sought to represent the LORD, and minister to others in his name.
Christian churches struggle to be and remain unified. It is hard for us to deal with our differences (which are a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s ministry through diversity) and our need for unity of purpose and testimony (what is a manifestation of unifying work of this same Holy Spirit).
Meals, and other such times together, help us to preserve that underlying unity, and give us opportunities to understand and appreciate our diversities. They remind us that we are in ministry together, and help us to check our individualistic motives.
LORD, we seek to serve you only, but we understand that it cannot be done alone. Give us the blessing of unity and community.