Sunday, April 1, 2018

Aaron’s sons died for their disobedience…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

In the most recent Torah portion we learned that YHWH killed the sons of Aharon (Aaron) on the spot for daring to offer "unauthorized fire before ADONAI" - something He had not ordered them to do! And "Aharon kept silent" - even though it must have been a horrific shock to him to see his sons drop dead.

This scene reveals the importance of OBEDIENCE to our Creator. YHWH is not kidding around! Take a look:

Leviticus 10:1 But Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aharon, each took his censer, put fire in it, laid incense on it, and offered unauthorized fire before ADONAI, something he had not ordered them to do. 2 At this, fire came forth from the presence of ADONAI and consumed them, so that they died in the presence of ADONAI.

3 Moshe said to Aharon, "This is what ADONAI said: 'Through those who are near me I will be consecrated, and before all the people I will be glorified.'" Aharon kept silent. (CJB)

Without missing a beat, Moshe (Moses) steps in to have the dead bodies removed:

Leviticus 10:4 Moshe called Misha'el and Eltzafan, sons of 'Uzi'el Aharon's uncle, and told them, "Come here, and carry your cousins away from in front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp." 5 They approached and carried them in their tunics out of the camp, as Moshe had said. 6 Then Moshe told Aharon and his sons El'azar and Itamar, "Don't unbind your hair or tear your clothes in mourning, so that you won't die and so that ADONAI won't be angry with the entire community. Rather, let your kinsmen - the whole house of Isra'el -mourn, because of the destruction ADONAI brought about with his fire.

7 Moreover, don't leave the entrance to the tent of meeting, or you will die, because ADONAI's anointing oil is on you." 8 ADONAI said to Aharon, 9 "Don't drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, neither you nor your sons with you, when you enter the tent of meeting, so that you will not die. This is to be a permanent regulation through all your generations, 10 so that you will distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11 and so that you will teach the people of Isra'el all the laws ADONAI has told them through Moshe." (CJB)

One of the thoughts to take away from the above passages is that the blood of Y'shua, who martyred himself on our behalf, to redeem each of us, is the main reason YHWH's people aren't being killed on the spot for misbehaving or disobeying HIS ways today!

Baruch haShem YHWH for sending us His Messiah to "preach the good news of the Kingdom of God, because that is why he was sent" (Luke 4:43); and to "preach and declare the Kingdom of Elohim" (Luke 8:1); and "to do everything his Father ordered him to do" (Deuteronomy 18:15-18).

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