Today’s Tasting: Leviticus 8-10: God gave Moses specific instructions concerning Aaron and his sons to prepare them for consecration. For seven days Aaron and his sons remained in the tent of meeting to be consecrated by the Lord as priests. On the eighth day, Moses instructed the people to bring offerings: a sin offering, a burnt offering, and a grain offering. Then the people came near to the tent of meeting while Aaron prepared the offerings at the altar according to the Lord’s instructions. Moses and Aaron blessed the congregation and the Glory of God appeared to all the people. Fire blazed from God and consumed all the offerings. When the people saw it, they cheered and bowed in reverence.
Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, did something God hadn’t commanded; they put fire in their censers, put incense on top, and offered it to the Lord. God regarded this offering as profane and fire blazed out from him and consumed them. So they died and their cousins Mishael and Elzaphan carried them outside the camp, away from the sanctuary as Moses directed. Through Moses God told Aaron that those who came into His presence must regard Him as holy. Then the Lord instructed Aaron in what he was to do when he entered the tent of meeting, so that he would distinguish between the holy and common, between ritually clean and unclean, and be able to teach the people of Israel all the decrees God had spoken to them through Moses.
Today’s Nourishment: What I find amazing about these chapters is how specific God was in all He commanded the people to observe: from the garments they wore to the sacrifices they offered. He had specific instructions for the leaders, their families, and the congregation. He also showed them what would happen when fire he had not commanded was offered to him. God made it clear that He would not allow it and that the consequences would be severe.
Today, although we don’t have to offer those kinds of sacrifices, and though we may not have to dress in special garments, He still has specific instructions for His people, whether we are pastors and leaders or members of the congregation. We are HIS people and He has detailed plans and instructions for us just like He did for Moses, Aaron, and the Israelites. He has given us instructions to follow in scripture and He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. That is why it is important for each of us to regularly devote time to reading the Bible and praying, so we can know what His instructions are for us today.
Let’s be sure to follow God’s detailed instructions in every area of our lives.
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Leviticus 11-13
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