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Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Leviticus 7:37 “These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering…”
Leviticus 8 the ordination of Aaron and his sons
Leviticus 9 “Aaron offered the very first sacrifices. Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.”
Acts 15:28 “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.”
After reading now about hundreds of years of history from Adam and Eve, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus… these are the first offerings offered in the tabernacle.
What’s amazing to me is that even after Aaron made an idol for the people to worship (Exodus 32), he still went on the be the priest in the tabernacle. I would expect, if I were to do something like that, to lead our entire church (in Aaron’s case, over 2 million people!) into idolatry, false worship, showing no character and such poor leadership, that I would not be allowed to continue in that capacity… What grace was shown by Moses and God! Aaron had severely broken trust, within 40 days of Moses going up the mountain, that he was willing to craft an idol for the people to worship. In a sense, Aaron was the worship leader. Exodus 32:25 “Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.”
(We will see tomorrow that Aaron’s sons offer “unauthorized (or “strange”) fire” to the Lord and are killed immediately.) That’s after they had been consecrated and clear instructions had been given… they were immediately replaced by two of Aaron’s other sons… It’s possible that Aaron’s sons had been drinking at the time (see Leviticus 10:8 Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, afterward saying: 9 “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die.” Perhaps they were careless due to having been drinking?) But I digress… I know I’m jumping ahead, but I wanted to address that in context of God showing mercy to Aaron… again.
This reminds me of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 who sold the land, lied about the price and died immediately upon lying about it.
It would seem that there is a fine line between serving or worshiping the Lord with “fear and trembling” and coming “boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Careful versus cavalier.
Paul wasn’t willing to show mercy to John (Mark) because he had abandoned them at some point along the way on their ministry trip. It caused a rift between Paul and Barnabas, such that, they went their separate ways…
It’s difficult to strike a balance between Old Testament worship and New Testament worship… It’s so easy to show up for church/worship and sing half-heartedly, to give nothing, to be distracted… Were it not for the grace of God, it’s likely, none of us would still be alive… I’m pretty sure all of us have been careless in our worship at some point… I know I have been.
Thank you, Jesus… You are our advocate with the Father, our great high priest!