February 13, 2012

44 - Consecrated for service

  • Numbers 7:89  And when Moses went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was upon the ark of the Testimony from between the two cherubim; and He spoke to [Moses].
  • So Moses did as the LORD commanded him,  these words are common.  You hear them over and over. I wonder what our lives would look like if we walked in such obedience ?
  • Leviticus 8:1-36 Aaron is consecrated for service as the first High Priest
  • Lev 8:33 days of ordination were 7.  The number of perfect completion.
  • Lev 9 is all about the first sacrifices made.  As I read all I could think about was the amount of work that went in to each and every sacrifice and the smell. The smell of cooking meat is good but the smell of butchered and burned meat is another all together.  
  • Lev 10:1-7 Two of Aarons sons go and do their own thing and pay for their sin of arrogance with death.

Reading all about the different burnt offerings and sacrifices has given me an appreciation for this verse:
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Rev 1:5-6 The challenge for us is to know what sacrifices burn on the altars of our hearts ? Are we following and worshiping as the LORD has commanded or are we doing our own thing ?


Source Bible Gateway.com - Leviticus 10:3

Leviticus 10:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)
3Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [a][and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored. And Aaron said nothing.

  1. Leviticus 10:3 Perhaps few believers have ever identified themselves with Nadab and Abihu, and yet few, if any, of us have not done exactly what they did in principle. Their sin, which God took so seriously and which proved fatal to them, was not a mere matter of failing to obey the letter of God's law for priests. Their inexcusable folly was in trying to please the Lord their way instead of His way. Who of us cannot recognize himself as the offerer of this prayer, with only the details lacking: "O Lord, make me rich! Then I will make large donations to Your interests!" Yet our very poverty may be the means to the end which He has in love and wisdom planned for us, the ultimate purpose of our creation, perhaps, which substitution of our will for His will would utterly defeat. No wonder God removed Nadab and Abihu from the earth! They, like ourselves, had acted like the child of a great painter who attempted to work on his father's priceless canvas instead of on the tablet assigned to him. They, like the child, were banished from the father's presence. And every believer does well to recognize the importance of being entirely surrendered to "God's will; nothing more; nothing less; nothing else; at any cost." And that does not mean first making an unholy alliance in marriage, or in business, or in thought, and then adjusting it to God's will. Remember Nadab and Abihu, who "offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord." It does not pay.

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