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Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, February 9, 2018
Leviticus 10 the Death of Nadab and Abihu and their replacements(brothers) Eleazar and Ithamar…
Leviticus 11 clean and unclean foods (A pretty thorough and extensive list!) 46 “These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.”
Leviticus 12 regulations regarding childbirth (note that the woman was unclean twice as long if she gave birth to a daughter?? 66 Fays vs 33 days.)
Acts 16 Paul and Silas recruit Timothy and they go on a trip, beaten and jailed, rescued by the jailer who took them to his house and was baptized!
(Excerpt from yesterday’s blog…) Lev 10 Aaron’s sons offered “unauthorized fire” to the Lord and were 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… (Is it possible that Aaron’s sons had been drinking at the time? See Leviticus 10:8 “Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, 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? No instructions had been given regarding strong drink… perhaps it was pretty much understood that there was no place for drinking while sacrificing? Seems pretty obvious to me!
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.
The story about Paul and Silas in jail is pretty compelling. About attitude, worship, character and trusting God IN our circumstances. As they say, “That’ll preach!”
Here’s my question: What caused the earthquake? Why did the earthquake occur at that particular moment?? Was it BECAUSE they were worshiping? Was it because people were praying for Paul and Silas (as they were earnestly praying for Peter when he was in jail?? Was it because God was making a way for Paul and Silas to escape (that they didn’t take advantage of?)
Paul wrote this in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks IN all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I love to tell people that I know what God’s will is for their life… then I quote this verse! It’s right there, for all of us. And note that it says to “Give thanks IN all circumstances (not FOR all circumstances!) They sang a hymn, in jail, with chains on their feet!
Paul wrote the book/letter of Philippians also while imprisoned. (He also wrote several other letters from prison.)
Wouldn’t you think that if you were in jail and there was an earthquake that damaged the jail enough so that you could just walk right out, that THAT would be God’s will?? He and Silas showed great strength of character. Powerful!
(Excerpt from yesterday’s blog…) 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. (Aaron’s sons who were killed…)
Lord I pray that in tough moments that I would trust you with the outcome and have wisdom to know what to do… (escape as Peter did, or stay as Paul/Silas did).