Leviticus 9 was a big day for God’s people. Check out what happens: “Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel”. First time I have noted they had cell coverage in those days. J Actually, all joking aside, it is pretty amazing that they communicated as well as they did in the early days as God’s people. They didn’t have phones or the Internet or email or twitter. It was mouth to ear and they still managed to get it done. Today the message was important as a very special appearance was to be made.
Moses tells them “today the Lord will appear to you”. They have some things to do to get ready and make that a reality – there was preparation to be done. So Moses tells the people what to do – most of it a series of offerings to be done by Aaron and the priests – to prepare for their visit from God. “This is the thing that the Lord commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lord may appear to you”. He had to sacrifice animals “without blemish” for himself and the people. It was clean up time in the sin department, so a time of sacrifice is done.
As Aaron finishes the work of sacrifice along with his sons, following completely what Moses had relayed to him, “Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them”. What a powerful thing – to bless people in the name of the Lord. Moses soon joins him and together they came out of the Tent of Meeting and “blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people….fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces”. God showed up and was part of the celebration. And the people saw God and fell on their faces before Him.
When is the last time you saw God and then responded like that? You likely didn’t see Him in this same visible way – at least not that you recognized. But God shows up daily in your life. You experience His handprints every day. Our problem – we are too busy or too consumed with our own activities and schedules to even notice. And when we do – when we experience a Godincidence or an answer to prayer – do we fall on our face before Him? I have to admit I seldom do. Even when I notice I thank God and move on. We need to learn from these examples here. We need to get right with God by cleaning up sin, and when we see Him, get on our face and be blessed by Him. He is God – the same God as Moses and Aaron experienced – and He is equally alive and engaged in our lives today. We just need to pay attention and respond the same way!