One of the benefits I have seen with growing older has been my increased desire to read. To me the Bible is a Love Book , a book to help us share time with God , communicate with Him .
Been reading the Bible as a Novel again and just finished Leviticus . These books in the Bible have always been hard for me to understand . Having read some good books as of late dealing with the OT I have found it is easier and more interesting . These books reveal the Holiness of God , Christians today come from a different time , and perhaps we even miss out on the Holiness of God because of our permissive culture . I use to wear a suit to church , now its casual clothes. I have even seen kids bring in meals and adults their coffee with them into the sanctuary . I understand that “Mick maybe your getting too hung up in culture and customs , the real purpose is being with Jesus” . Yes I get that , but are we only meeting with Jesus on our level ? and are we taking advantage of His ultimate sacrifice to do so . Jesus is God . He is Holy .
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. 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.” 5 So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered
Pretty harsh stuff to our mindsets . Aaron the brother of Moses was put in charge of the Tabernacle . The Priests had specific methods of sacrificing and following procedures of up keeping the Tabernacle and worshiping . Aaron already had shown himself unable to being responsible when he built the idol during the time Moses had been on Mt Sinai . Perhaps his kids had been hurt by his poor example , but for whatever reason they chose to take short cuts and change the procedure for taking care of the Tabernacle that had been ordained by God , the results were disastrous , instant death.
Now back to our world , where our neighbors are not sacrificing their children to gods , where our neighbors are not allowing murder and the promotion of slavery to our poor and aliens coming here . Where a world exists that leads us away from God but will not necessarily get you linked up with some real nasty people and events . Because of the ultimate Gift , Jesus Christ we are able to have God with us on Earth , His Spirit comforting and speaking to us .
. I feel for Aaron as a dad , he must have been heart broken . Loosing two sons ! Is God a Moral Monster , or is He a God of Love . He is a God Of Love who is Holy . That to protect those of us who Know Him and want to Know Him He can Not be something that He is Not . God Can Not cut corners on His Holiness, He can not cut corners On our rationalized beliefs that seem right in our own intellectual understanding . God Is God regardless of how we see Him .
Even though we hear so much about the culture of today falling apart , where we seem to not Honor the God of our Heritage the God of our Fathers and Mothers. . We live under Grace and live in a land where our Freedoms allow us to share that Faith and Grace. Perhaps better to share it knowing how fortunate we are to go in a church with short sleeves and not worry of being subject to what Nadab and Abihu were accountable to also , After all , we came to Christ because He loved us first . These are the times where a world is needing to know and hear that more the ever . We are truly fortunate to be alive today with the Lord at our sides .