May 23, 2-13
Scripture: Leviticus 8-10 Consecrated and Holy
Leviticus 8:12 Then he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him.
God had set apart Aaron and his sons to be priests in the tabernacle and it was a job to not be taken casually. It was a most holy job and required Aaron and his sons to be consecrated (set apart for holiness). The consecration begins with the sacrifice for their sins. They had to place their hands on the bull to show the transference of sins. Aaron and his sons offered sacrifices and met the Lord God in the tabernacle. But two of Aaron’s sons offered strange incense to the Lord and He came out and consumed them. They did not come to God as He had commanded and because of their callousness, they were consumed.
A couple of lessons to learn. First, we must prepare ourselves spiritually to do the work of the Lord. God has called each of us to do a work, and we must be a willing vessel for Him to use. For God to use us effectively, we must cleanse ourselves of any known sin. As we are purified, we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and use us in a mighty way. God uses us most effectively when our lives are rid of sin and filled with His Spirit. Second, we cannot need to take a callous attitude toward God or His holiness. The power and presence of God is not something to be treated casually. It is holy and we need to treat God and the things of God in a holy manner. When we treat holy things in a manner not pleasing to God, we are on dangerous ground. Sometimes I wonder if we minimize the holiness of God. He wants to use us for His glory, and we are most effective when we rid our lives of sin, filled with the Spirit and follow His way of doing everything.
Father, thank You for setting us apart. Help us to have a greater appreciation, understanding and respect for walking in Your holiness.
Robert Lutz - Pastor, Shiloh Baptist
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.