Monday, November 2, 2009

Leviticus Lessons: Come Correct Or Not At All

Greetings family,

I hope this week has gotten off to a good start for everyone.   You know today, I want to jump straight into things as I believe the point does not require deep thought at all. I first want to point you to some scripture.  Leviticus 10:1-3 says,

"(1) Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.  (2) So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. (3) Moses then said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: "'Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.'"  Aaron remained silent. "

In the start of chapters 9 and 10, we find that Aaron and his sons are in the process of ordination for priesthood.  In versus 1 thru 3, we find Nadab and Abihu lighting their censers ("A vessel in which incense is burned, especially during religious services.") with unauthorized fire.  As a result the Lord consumes them with fire and kills them instantly.

Wait a minute, God just killed them over fire?  No, God kill them over how they approached HIM.   The book of Leviticus are full of laws and "how-to's" on how to live in good sight of the Lord.  However, they broke one of those instructions, thus the consequence.  This is no different than how you approach people.  You just cannot approach everyone in any kind of way.  You have to approach them how you know they should be approached.

After Aaron's sons were just killed right before his eyes, his brother Moses says, "...Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored..."  Despite the pain Aaron may have been feeling he couldn't say a thing because he knew Moses was right.

So, how do you approach Jesus?  Do you come treating Him like He is not Holy and like a friend who only helps you in time of need?  Do you come to HIM like HE is just an average Joe?  This should give you something to think about.  Even though, we no longer have the same rituals to perform and Jesus has came and fulfilled the law, remember that if you've seen Jesus, then you've seen the Father (see John 14:9-11).  Humble yourself and remember to approach Jesus with the same Holiness as you would the Father. 

Be easy family and have a great day.

~ Antoine
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