12 And there rejoice before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns who have no allotment or inheritance of their own. 13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please. 14 Offer them only at the place the Lord will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.
15 Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the Lord your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it. 16 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water. 17 You must not eat in your own towns the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts. 18 Instead, you are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place the Lord your God will choose—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns—and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to.
The Hebrews put great emphasis on family worship. The family was often together when offering a sacrifice or attending a festival. It was important for the family to worship together because it gave the children a healthy attitude toward worship. It put extra meaning into it for the adults and children. Watching a family member confess a sin was an important life lesson. Celebrating a great holy day together signified importance to the children. Do you share worship with your family? Some of the most meaningful worship can be experienced when you are with your loved ones. Take time in your life to practice family worship and create life long bonds and foundations that will carry your family forward in their relationship with God.
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