Archive for September 11th, 2014

Leviticus 9

Leviticus 9 has the ordination of Aaron and the other priests completed, and now they are ready for the Lord to be in their presence.  Moses tells Aaron “today the Lord will appear to you….and all the congregation drew near and stood before the Lord”.  There was great anticipation of God’s appearance and so the people are all there to see what will happen.  Moses gives instruction to Aaron on how to prepare for the Lord’s appearance.  Most sacrifices and offerings to be done in a very specific way.

Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded”.  Before God shows up, it is critical to get sin cleaned up and people in a right worshipful place with God.  Aaron has an important task to do.  He has to prepare the people and the place for God’s appearance.  He and his sons methodically follow Moses’ instruction and go through the sacrificial ritual.

Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings”.  Aaron has prepared for God’s appearance, and then “Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people”.  God showed up.  His glory appeared to all the people.  God gives us all access to Himself.  We need to come to Him, ready to see His glory, but He willingly gives access to us all.

He didn’t just show up in a nonchalant way.  “And 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”.  There wasn’t a nice little fireside chat.  God showed up in all His power and glory and consumed the offering completely, showing Himself strong and someone to be feared.  And the people responded appropriately by falling on their faces in adoration.  We need to learn to fear God.  He is the same today as He was then, strong and mighty and worthy of our fear!

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