A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
In this passage, we read about how the priesthood begins, with an ordination ceremony, a commitment to do everything the LORD commanded, the first offering of sacrifices by the new priests, and the death of two priests who violated God’s clear orders and therefore punished.
It is clear how important the role of leader among God’s people is to God. The responsibility and accountability is truly awesome (in the last analysis being a matter of life and death significance!). Never the less, while the dramatic incident involving Nadab and Abihu shows God’s capacity to react to disobedience, His forgiveness of Aaron’s younger sons clearly indicates that not every transgression need be the occasion of God’s punishment.
Throughout the history of Israel (and later the Church of Jesus Christ), this dual reality: God’s justice and His mercy will be visible again and again. The judgment of God is often brought to establish a point once and for all so His grace and mercy may be exercised in other similar situations without nullifying His commitment to justice.
Do you ever wonder if God cares how you live? It seems as though people either believe He is a harsh Taskmaster making demands and just waiting to punish us, or else some sort of benign and disinterested absentee Landlord who never gets involved in the events of our lives.
Jesus presented God in a different way: the Father who cares for His children but disciplines them in order to help them realize their full potential. Of course Jesus’ picture assumes a commitment to God as Lord of all, and makes it a precondition.
Is your life committed to God? Are you living that way? Do you think of God as you go through your day?
Today set an alarm on your watch or an appointment in your personal calendar to think of God at the beginning of every hour, and ask the question:
“What does God want me to do now?”
It’s good question to ask and a good approach to follow.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011