Leviticus 9 & 10: Are You Acceptable To God?
Verse of the Day: (10:19) And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have fallen me: and if I have eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?
1. Altar (9:1-24)
And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded. (9:7)
God through Moses commanded Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel to offer the different types of offerings before His altar so that His glory shall appear to them. The high priest, who was none other than Aaron, was the first to offer a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, before God. Then Aaron offered for Israel a young goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both one year old, for a burnt offering, and a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, all without blemish, and a meat offering mingled with oil, before God. Indeed, God’s glory appeared before Israel after Aaron and Israel fully obeyed God in everything as He had commanded them.
2. Aaron (10:1-15)
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. (10:1)
Sadly, Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, offered unauthorised fire that God had not commanded them, and God took their lives. Indeed, let us not only love but fear God as He shall judge and discipline us if we are His children whom He loves. (Hebrews 12:6-11)
3. Accept (10:16-20)
And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying, (10:16)
Moses was angry with Aaron’s two other sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, as they had disobeyed God by not eating the sin offering at the holy place as God had commanded them. Aaron explained to Moses that they did not intentionally disobeyed God, and hence, their lives were spared. By the mercies of God, let us trust and obey Him, and be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him, which is the best we can offer to Him. Indeed, God gave His best when He offered His Son to be the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cruel cross and shedding His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. (Romans 12:1-2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be acceptable to You by giving my whole life to You.