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The drunken disconnection!

Scripture reading for February 4th: Leviticus 8-10

In today’s reading the sons of Aaron and nephews of Moses committed a “deadly” sin!  They had experienced the miraculous deliverance of the plagues and seen God act in power at the Red Sea when the Egyptian army was drowned.  They had witnessed the miraculous events of the journey, eaten the “manna” and heard God’s voice on the mountain.  They were dressed, instructed, and anointed for ministry along with their father and other brothers.  They were sprinkled with the blood of sacrifice.  (Leviticus 8)  But sometimes, those in ministry or close to it, become complacent.  Worse yet, they behave disrespectfully towards God in front of others who were looking to them for spiritual leadership!

Nadab and Abihu had witnessed Moses and Aaron going into the Tent of Meeting and the visible Glory of the Lord appearing to the people. (Leviticus 9:23-24.)  Fire came from the Lord and consumed the sacrifice.  All the people shouted for joy and fell face down.  Evidently, Nadab and Abihu were fascinated with the Tent of Meeting.  They decided to go in there themselves and experience God.  They took “strange” fire with them and God took their lives right on the spot.

It appears that these boys might have been drinking.  In Leviticus 10:8-11, Aaron warned his other sons not to drink wine or any other fermented drink when they went into the Tent of Meeting!  Paul the Apostle also gave the same warning to believers: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, instead be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)  We can bring judgment on ourselves! (1st Corinthians 11:27-34) In Corinth, some were sick and others died because of improper conduct during the Lord’s supper!

Alcohol is not for those in the church!   Alcohol has caused many to stumble and has destroyed many families and believer’s testimonies.  We have the Holy Spirit and He lives in us!  We are responsible to God for our witness and behavior before our family, believers and a lost world!  Please meditate on these Scriptures today and allow the Lord to speak.    God doesn’t want you to die or others because of your example! (2nd Peter 3:9)

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The fatal folly of fermented drink!

Scripture reading for February 4th: Leviticus 8-10

Preacher’s kids are sometimes a mess! (Not mine of course!)  In today’s reading the sons of Aaron and nephews of Moses committed a “deadly” sin!  They had experienced the miraculous deliverance of the plagues and seen God act in power at the Red Sea when the Egyptian army was drowned.  They had witnessed the miraculous events of the journey, eaten the “manna” and heard God’s voice on the mountain.  They were dressed, instructed, and anointed for ministry along with their father and other brothers.  They were sprinkled with the blood of sacrifice.  (Leviticus 8)  But sometimes, those in ministry or close to it, become complacent.  Worse yet, they behaved disrespectfully towards God in front of others who were looking to them for spiritual leadership!

Nadab and Abihu had witnessed Moses and Aaron going into the Tent of Meeting and the visible Glory of the Lord appearing to the people. (Leviticus 9:23-24.)  Fire came from the Lord and consumed the sacrifice.  All the people shouted for joy and fell face down.  Evidently, Nadab and Abihu were fascinated with the Tent of Meeting.  They decided to go in there themselves and experience God.  They took “strange” fire with them and God took their lives right on the spot.

It appears that these boys might have been drunk.  In Leviticus 10:8-11, Aaron warns his other sons not to drink wine or any other fermented drink when they went into the Tent of Meeting!  Paul the Apostle also gives the same warning to believers: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, instead be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) God is not mocked and holds those with more responsibility accountable for their conduct!  We must be wise and respectful in our handling of the “holy things” or when approaching God in worship!  We can bring judgment on ourselves! (1st Corinthians 11:27-34) In Corinth, some were sick and others died because of improper conduct during the Lord’s supper!

Alcohol is not for those in the church!   Alcohol has caused many to stumble and has destroyed many families and believer’s testimonies.  We have the Holy Spirit and He lives in us!  Please meditate on these Scriptures today and allow the Lord to lead you in your conduct and worship!  Confess and repent quickly!  God doesn’t want you to die! (2nd Peter 3:9)

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Anointed to Serve

Scripture reading for February 4th: Leviticus 8-10

We all have our own idea of what a great job might look like.  For some it might be leadership of a major company making lots of money.  For others it might be an easy job with little work or effort but great honor.  Some people think that being a minister or priest would be an easy job.  Let’s consider the priesthood that God appointed to represent the people before Him and see if this job would be one that we might enjoy!

The first command of God brought Aaron, the high priest elect, and his four sons before the Tent of Meeting.  They were to bring their garments, anointing oil, a bull for a sin offering, two rams, a basket of unleavened bread and the entire assembly of Israel to watch them.  They were stripped down and bathed and then dressed in the holy clothes.  Aaron had the ephod and breastpiece placed on him, as well as the turban with the gold plate.  Next Aaron was anointed by pouring  the sacred anointing oil on his head.  Then the bull was sacrificed with Aaron and his sons placing their hands on its head before death.  Moses did this and poured the blood out before the Lord, offered the fat and kidneys, sprinkled the altar and burned the body outside the camp.  (Leviticus 8:1-17)

Next the ram for the burnt offering was sacrificed in the same manner as the bull.  This time Moses sprinkled the blood on the altar and burned the whole ram on the altar.  The second ram was for ordination.  Aaron and sons laid their hands on its head before Moses slaughtered it.  He took some blood and put it on the right earlobe, thumb of the right hand and big toe of the right foot of Aaron, and the sons. Their garments were anointed again with blood from the last ram and anointing oil.  (Leviticus 8:22-31)

This was all a prelude to their serving in this same manner each day before the Lord on behalf of the people.  It was not an easy or clean job!  It also had it’s dangers!  Two of the sons died when they did not follow God’s instructions!  (Leviticus 10:1-2) Serving God and His people requires holiness and cleansing by blood.  God demands obedience from those who are given much!  Those who are great in God’s Kingdom become servants of all!

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“The fatal folly of fermented drink”

Scripture reading for February 4th: Leviticus 8-10

Preacher’s kids are sometimes a mess! (Not mine of course!)  In today’s reading the sons of Aaron and nephews of Moses committed a “deadly” sin!  They had experienced the miraculous deliverance of the plagues and seen God act in power at the Red Sea when the Egyptian army was drowned.  They had witnessed the miraculous events of the journey, eaten the “manna” and heard God’s voice on the mountain.  They were dressed, instructed, and anointed for ministry along with their father and other brothers.  They were sprinkled with the blood of sacrifice.  (Leviticus 8)  You would think that they knew enough to take seriously God’s power and presence!  But sometimes, those in ministry or close to it, become complacent.  Worse yet, they behaved disrespectfully towards God in front of others who were looking to them for spiritual leadership!

Nadab and Abihu had witnessed Moses and Aaron going into the Tent of Meeting and the visible Glory of the Lord appearing to the people. (Leviticus 9:23-24.)  Fire came from the Lord and consumed the sacrifice.  All the people shouted for joy and fell face down.  Evidently, Nadab and Abihu were fascinated with the Tent of Meeting.  They decided to go in there themselves and experience God.  They took “strange” fire with them and God took their lives right on the spot.  Why, you ask?  Wasn’t this a sin of “unintentional” ignorance? What was this “strange” fire?

It appears that these boys might have been drunk.  In Leviticus 10:8-11, Aaron warns his other sons not to drink wine or any other fermented drink when they went into the Tent of Meeting!  Paul the Apostle also gives the same warning to believers: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, instead be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) God is not mocked and holds those with more responsibility accountable for their conduct!  We must be wise and respectful in our handling of the “holy things” and when approaching God in worship!  We can bring judgment on ourselves! (1st Corinthians 11:27-34) In Corinth, some were sick and others died because of improper conduct during the Lord’s supper!

Alcohol is not for those in the church!   Alcohol has caused many to stumble and has destroyed many families and believer’s testimonies.  We have the Holy Spirit and He lives in us!  We are responsible to God for our witness and behavior before our family, believers and a lost world!  Please meditate on these Scriptures today and allow the Lord to lead you in your conduct and worship!  Confess and repent quickly!  God doesn’t want you to die! (2nd Peter 3:9)

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