Lev 22:10 “A lay person will not eat of a holy thing; no foreign guest of the priest or hired worker will eat of a holy thing,
Lev 22:11 but if a priest buys a soul as his property for money, the slave may eat of it, and anyone born in his house may eat of his food.
Lev 22:12 If a priest’s daughter marries a layman, she will not eat of the contribution of the holy things.
Lev 22:13 But if a priest’s daughter is widowed or divorced and has no child and returns to her father’s house, as in her youth, she may eat of her father’s food; yet no lay person will eat of it.
Lev 22:14 And if anyone eats of a holy thing unintentionally, he will add the fifth of its value to it and give the holy thing to the priest.
Lev 22:15 They will not profane the holy things of the people of Israel, which they contribute to Yahveh,
Lev 22:16 and so cause them to be responsible for violation and need reparation, by eating their holy things: because I am Yahveh who sanctifies them.”
The purpose of these rules was not to establish a separate caste among the Israelites, but to provide for those whose purpose was to represent God among the people, and the people before God. Anything given to God was to be consumed only by the priests and their dependents. This kept the gifts from becoming something ordinary.
Today’s churches struggle with a similar problem. With all the occupation with budgets and skill-sets, schedules and meetings, it is easy to lose the sense of the sacred. But everything that the Holy Spirit is doing among and through God’s people today is a holy thing, and should be regarded as a contribution to the LORD, and protected from mundane interests.
LORD, thank you for working your holy work in all of us.