The LORD directs Israel, through Moses, to be different. The headlining difference will be their monotheistic devotion to Him alone. No adding, no swapping, no downplaying. Having the LORD as God, with no other, will touch every inch of their lives.
In these chapters we begin to discover the details (He doesn’t leave them room to guess what He wants). He will come before family and He will require their first and best tithe.
This can feel rigid and cruel, but consider the demands of the local gods: child sacrifice, sex acts and mutilation.
The LORD asks for their tithes, but what are they to do with them?
“Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.” (14:26)
He wants them to have a family party and rejoice!
Don’t get lost in the commands, rather see this as the beginning of proof that worshipping the LORD is good for us. Even modern nutritionists endorse the LORD’s dietary restrictions.
Thank God today for His loving designs and directives. Worship Him for His goodness and devote things, time, energy to Him. Trust me, it will feel good.