Today we begin Leviticus Chapter 10.
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Chapter 10 of Leviticus represents an interesting detour away from the many mind-numbing sacrificial rituals we’ve been studying.
We’re going to be taking a good look at the shocking story of how the Lord killed Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu.
It’s important to examine this story carefully because about 1300 years later, a similar event in the New Testament occurred when the Lord killed Ananias and Sapphira.
Unfortunately, most church pastors will have no way of understanding the connection between these two events unless they are well grounded in the Torah.
First, a quick word of praise for those who have been faithfully studying with me so far.
I’m sure some of the lessons on Leviticus may have been a bit tedious at times.
Understanding the building blocks of God’s holiness is kind of like when we were in grade school and had to learn our basic multiplication tables.
We were exposed to a whole bunch of new rules, concepts and principles that we had to thoroughly absorb before being able to apply them in a practical manner.
Well, I applaud you for hanging in there and can honestly say if you’ve come this far, your Bible knowledge already exceeds 90% of the average church-going population.
Your hard work is about to pay off as we get into some of the more exciting parts of Scripture.
The story of Nadav and Avihu forces us to confront an aspect of YHVH’s character that many in our day would prefer to ignore.
I’m taking about the Lord’s willingness to judge, punish, and when the situation warrants it, utterly destroy.
It seems like the church in our day only wants to focus on the love of God and ignore everything else.
The reality we have to accept is that there are many aspects to God’s character.
True, our God is a god of incredible love and mercy as demonstrated by allowing His own son to suffer a horrible death for the sins of the world.
But let’s not forget that this is the same God that once destroyed the entire world by flood, killed hundreds of thousands of Egyptians during the Exodus, and commanded the death of thousands of Israelites for building and worshipping a Golden Calf.
It seems like the modern church prefers to set aside the Biblical aspect of divine retribution in favor of warm, non-confrontational, sweet, feel-good, maple syrupy theology.
This false idea that the harsh and judgmental God of the OT somehow changed to a liberal, all-loving, tolerate anything, forgive anything, all-merciful being is nothing but a modern and progressive theology that has no basis in the Scriptures.
What’s interesting is that when we examine the teachings of competent biblical scholars from over a century ago, we’ll see that they had great concern over proper worship and constant self examination to make sure they were living their lives in accordance with Scriptural principles.
The motivating factor behind their fervent desire to obey the Lord’s commands was because they wanted to avoid God’s harsh hand of judgement from falling on them and they didn’t want the Lord to withhold His blessings from them.
But now, in our day and age, it seems like pastors won’t even touch a “Hellfire and damnation” sermon with a ten-foot pole.
They have fallen for the biggest trap of them all that leads to the eventual downfall of any ministry: Preaching what people want to hear, as opposed to what the Word plainly says and commands.
I’m not saying that our lives should be constantly filled with anxiety and worry over some perceived offense we may have committed against the Lord.
This reminds me of the Middle Ages when self-mutilation accompanied by many long hours of prayers was a common practice.
On the other hand, I don’t think where we are today is quite a praiseworthy situation either.
Thinking that because we’ve now accepted Yeshua as our savior, we no longer ever have to worry about being judged by God for any sin we may commit is both a dangerous and false theology.