I read Judges 13-15 on April 4, 2021.
God is always Specific in His instructions and directions to us. We must be obedient to his Will and trust in him without a Doubt. He Loves us so.
1) Sometimes your love ones around you, may receive blessings from God
For your sake.
2) It is always good, to walk with God.
3) God protects, and provides for his people.
I read Levitucus chapters 9-12
I continued my reading in Leviticus (Chp 10). There were several things that caught my attention in this chapter, so I stopped when I got to the end–like with Chp 9–rather than proceed further. But, then it turned into a study of genealogy [so I could understand exactly how those mentioned in Chp 10 were intertwined], and will be my study focus now until I find what I am seeking. As for a takeaway for this chapter, though, it would be: The servant is not greater than his master, nor the creation greater than his creator.
The details of the altar of incense were laid out back in Exodus 30–where the offering via burning of the incense was to take place (30:1, 6), the times of day it was to take place (30:7-8), the composition of the specific incense to be used so that when it was burned it produced a sweet smelling odor for the Lord and not for their own personal use (30:34-37), as well as, what was not to be offered up (30:9). So, Nadab & Abihu (Aarons two oldest of four sons) knew what qualified as an unacceptable offering before they offered it up; yet, they did it their own way anyway…and were immediately cut off from their people–killed on the spot–just as God said would happen. Did they think they were untouchable…that the rules didn’t apply to them…because of their roles/titles? Or, that as long as what needed to happen happened it didn’t matter how it happened? Did they have something else that came up that they wanted to do, so they were rushing through it [simply going through the motions] to get on to somewhere else? We’ll never know. What we do know, though, is that they did what God said to do just not the way He said to do it. And, any disobedience of God’s commands takes away from HIS glory.
Worshipping God is a serious thing, not something to be taken likely. It’s not something that we can think “as long as everything that’s supposed to happen happens, we’re good.” That would be us making it about us, and nothing about worship is about us, it’s ALL about God–the Master, the Creator, the Provider, the I AM THAT I AM. Therefore, in order for God to be magnified and receive all the glory due Him from our worship, rather than our own selves/wills be lifted up, we must become mastery at “removing self.” Note to self: REMOVE SELF.
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