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God shows His Power…Even in Leviticus!

January 20, 2014

Exodus 24:17-18

17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

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Photo credit: http://breath35.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/biblical-theology-a-crisp-and-thematic-analysis-of-the-exodus/ (God’s presence filling the tabernacle)

Many of us have started the new year with a new devotion plan, or finished reading through the Bible last year, and are starting up again.

Many will start in the Old Testament, where  the stage is being set for Jesus, and the teachings of the New Testament. But let’s be honest, there is some tough reading in the Old Testament. Some of it is due to our ignorance to the history, or the culture, definitely some of the geographical locations, etc. Whatever the case, like anything else it takes time, discipline and effort to really build up a basic understanding of the Old Testament.

Right now I’m going through the Leviticus crawl, traveling from one of the toughest sections for me and possibly you. One tough section is from about Exodus 25 – Numbers 19. Although most of it is tough reading, there truly are nuggets to be found. If we continue reading through these sections, and keep an open heart.

Let me share three, that God recently revealed to me while reading through this tough section.

1.  The first one that popped out was about Moses. Moses had many first hand encounters, conversations, and powerful eye witness experiences with God Almighty. Throughout Exodus alone there are many of these encounters. Two of them that really stood out to me was the two different times Moses went up to Mount Sinai, and spent 40 days and 40 nights in the presence of the LORD. Although many of us, myself included, may think this sounds super awesome, and may even be partially envious; there was a great burden on Moses with tremendous pressure and responsibility, for 40 years as he lead the Israelite’s through the desert! I’m reminded of the passage in Luke, where the servant that was given much, much was expected.

2. The second thing that was amazing was about Aaron, Moses’s brother. In Exodus 29, and Leviticus 8, Aaron is consecrated into the priestly ministry of serving in the presence of the LORD. However, our God is omniscient, omnipresent and all-knowing. Which would mean that God would have foreknowledge of what happened in Exodus 32, where Aaron is swayed by the people to not only make an altar of a golden calf, but to worship and be around basically a party where they defiled God, and themselves. However, God forgave Aaron. Aaron definitely faced some consequences but his life was spared, and his priestly duties were redeemed. It’s an amazing example of God’s Love towards those that repent and turn their heart back to Him.

3. The third deals with the sons of Aaron, they two were consecrated with their father. And again, our God is all-knowing, He foreknew that these two sons would sin against Him, and offer up “profane fire”, basically in their arrogance they disobeyed and totally desecrated God’s Holy Tabernacle. Yet God knew this in advance but still allowed them a chance, they were consecrated with their father in Leviticus 8, and Exodus 29. God shows that He gives us free will, we all have a choice of what kind of life we want to live. Many of us tend to blame God, but God never forces us to do anything, when we blow it, there is only one person to blame!!

So as you read through these sections, be faithful in it, keep an open heart and allow God to show you something from His Holy and Precious Word.

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2 Comments
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    Thanks for the encouragement brother K. There are a few areas in the Bible that I tend to glaze over and not really put a lot of my time and focus. The goal should be to attack these sections head on and really try to understand them.

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