Leviticus 22:1-3,9,14,31-33 The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD. “Say to them: ‘For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD... “‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy... “‘Anyone who eats a sacred offering by mistake must make restitution to the priest for the offering and add a fifth of the value to it... “Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD. Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD.”
It seems the priests and their families were setup for disaster considering all the restrictions God has placed upon them.
There are more don'ts than dos and the question that comes to mind again is what is God saying and why?
As we enter God's presence once again, we are reminded by God to be Holy because He is Holy. This for us is a clear indication to us that being in God's presence is not like being in man's company.
God's standards are way higher than ours and His holiness is beyond words. Even the respect given to dignitaries and guests of the state around the world have no comparison to the honor God expects when we come before Him.
I am reminded of Revelation 4:8-11 which reads, Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Clearly the hosts of heaven revere God and offer 24x7 worship and praise to God just because He is God. However, we in our humanness bring God into our broken daily living reality and forget who we deal with.
We as a creation have become so selfish that we no longer respect our maker but instead try to put God on the shelf and give Him limited access into our busyness.
God also reminds us about offerings given to Him by those who love Him. These offerings were in those days also given in food and the priesthood was permitted to eat of the offering but clearly that exception was being misused and God had to remind them of what was permissible and not.
It totally resonates with modern day giving where God's servants who receive His offerings are oftentimes caught misusing them. It is unfortunate but true that many spiritual leaders have been caught with their hands in the offering bag.
God in His mercy spoke against such actions, offered a way of making peace with Him if such an instance occurred and calls all His servants to a higher standard because they don't serve the powers of this world but represent the maker of the whole universe whose very nature is to be Holy!
I pray today that we as God's chosen creation would love and respect God with our entire lives and all that He has blessed us with and I also pray that God would help us to be faithful because He is faithful.
In His Loving Service,
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