Thursday, February 18, 2010

Leviticus 8:1-10:20

In the shower this morning, I was thinking about what was going to be today's reading.  What do I really know about Leviticus?  Then it dawned on me (it takes hot water for me to see clearly some days) Leviticus. Levi. Priests.  They are learning what to do...

Chapter 8 starts with Aaron and his sons being ordained.  I listen to the description of everything Aaron wears and I can only picture the priest from "The Princess Bride."  As part of the ceremony, a bull was sacrificed. And a ram.  Blood was put on their right ear lobes, thumbs and big toes.  Why? What does this signify? 

After 7 days, Aaron and his sons made sacrifices and offerings for the people.  I like the last few verses of chapter 9:23 "Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown."

Afterward, two of Aaron's sons offered "unauthorized fire" and were killed.   It was another case of adding to what God commanded - like Eve's sin.  Instead of sticking to exactly what he said to do, they decided to branch out...more is not always better.

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