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Sermon Manuscript | First fruits and last fruits
Text: Leviticus 23:9-14;22
Speaker: Joel Miller
Anytime the primary reading of the day comes from Leviticus, you know you’re in for a treat.
Much of what’s written there doesn’t exactly have direct application for the present day. Parts of today’s reading are no exception, involving the particularities of priestly duties – an offering of a year-old lamb;, a grain offering measuring two-tenths of an ephah, mixed with oil; a drink offering of wine measuring ¼ of a hin. They don't teach that in seminary anymore.
But Leviticus is also the source of one of two teachings Jesus cites when asked about the greatest commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18. Upon this teaching, Jesus said, hang all the law and prophets. With this, Jesus was affirming what other rabbis like the great Hillel, had already taught. That same chapter goes even further. Leviticus 19:34 -...