Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.’” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. Leviticus 10:3 NASB
Is God mean? Some people think so. They have this view that God should be an old grandfatherly type, just laughing and smiling and giving His grandkids lollipops.
But that’s not God! And if that is your view of Him, or something other than what is found in the Bible, be warned!
God is Holy and He will not compromise on this!
This is a hard lesson that Aaron’s sons learned when they were ordained as priests in the tabernacle in the wilderness.
Two of Aaron’s sons placed coals in their firepans to offer up incense to God. But God sent a fire to consume them as they approached Him. Why?
The Scripture says they offered “strange fire.”
You see, they were told how they were supposed to offer incense and where they were supposed to get the coals. They were supposed to get the coals from the altar where the sacrifices were burned.
But they didn’t. Maybe they thought they were taking a shortcut. Maybe going to the altar was too much trouble. But they put coals in their firepans that was not allowed. And they paid with their life.
They didn’t treat the things of God as Holy!
Some will say that this is an Old Testament practice and doesn’t apply to us today. But it does. God doesn’t change. He is Holy today, just like then. And He requires Holiness.
He’s just not burning people up at this time. He is giving everyone an opportunity to get right with Him. But there will be a day where He deals with unholiness. And on that day, you want to be found Holy!
You do that by giving Your life to Jesus and aligning to His ways.
It’s as simple as that.
If today was the day, where would you find yourself?
Father, thank You for the opportunity to be forgiven of my sins and made Holy in Your eyes.