G-d is to be Regarded as Holy

“Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace.”

— Leviticus 10:1-3 NKJV

The position of priest was to not be taken lightly. There were specific instructions that were to be followed and not deviated from. Nadab and Abihu chose to deviate from those instructions. It cost them their lives.

Moses reminded Aaron of the L-RDs instruction. As a pastor/teacher, we must be careful to follow the L-RDs instructions and not deviate from them. We must always regard the L-RD as holy. We must remember that it is G-d who placed us in the position that we are in. It is also G-d who called us. It is also G-d who brought together the congregation that is before us. Nothing of ourselves. Therefore we must always glorify the L-RD individually in our personal time with Him, as well as before all the people. The L-RD is holy and He must be glorified. We can see an example of this with David before the Israelites in 1 Chronicles 29:1-18. As we glorify the L-RD, the congregation will follow.
G-d is holy and all His decisions are right and true. There are consequences for those that disobey the L-RD and we must hold our peace when someone reaps the consequences for their actions as the L-RD carries out their punishment. He is the L-RD and He is Holy.

Filling the Needs of the Sanctuary

So Moses gave a commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman do any more work for the offering of the sanctuary.” And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much.

— ‭Exodus‬ ‭36‬:‭6-7‬ NKJV

There was a need and the people responded. They continued until Moses proclaimed that enough was provided. By the time the proclamation was made, they actually had well over enough material to do what G-d had called them to do.

Where is our heart in service to the L-RD? When the L-RD reveals a need, or when a pastor declares a need within the Church body, how do we respond? Do we, as a Church body, respond to the need until we are told the need has been fulfilled or do we put it off because we say to ourselves, “it will be handled by someone else“?

This offering that Moses was receiving from the people for the sanctuary was a freewill offering. This was not something that was required. The people’s hearts were stirred to give. When a need is declared, does our heart get stirred to do something about it?

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul is writing to the church in Corinth and telling them to examine themselves to check whether or not they are in the faith. He adds, “Test yourselves.

This is not an issue of salvation, but of obedience. Obedience is a by product of faith. Responding to a need is a by product of faith. In James 1:22, James wrote to the Jewish believers “be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” In chapter 2 verse 26 he wrote “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

If we are not stirred to respond to a need that either the L-RD or a pastor reveals, then we need to examine our heart to see what is wrong? Why is it that we are not responding to the needs set before us? James wrote in chapter 2 verse 18 “…I will show you my faith by my works.” He is stating that faith is demonstrated by our actions.

Christian artist Tobymac has a song called Faith is a Verb It means that faith is not just what you believe, but rather what you do. It causes us to do. It causes action. What are we doing for the L-RD? As a Church body, are we collectively giving and and continuing to give until the L-RD says there is enough? Personally, as an individual, are we asking the L-RD, am I doing enough? Do I need to do more? Has the need been fulfilled?

If the need is still there, as a believer in the Most High G-d, as His child, as one who has been redeemed though our Savior Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to respond.

What we do is telling of where our faith lies. What is the L-RD revealing to you today as a need that must be met? What are you doing about it? Let us all move forward and respond to the needs of the L-RD until He tells us no more because the need has been met. Let us be found faithful in this as the Israelites were found to be faithful here with providing for the needs of the sanctuary.

G-d’s Testimony in Our Lives

“And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you.”

— Exodus 25:16 NKJV

What testimony has G-d given you? Have you placed it in the ark within your heart? Have you placed all the things G-d has told you to place there?

The things G-d told Moses to place into the ark were the tablets of stone that were the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the omer of Manna.

These things were not only to be placed inside the ark, but when the time was right, they were to be taken out of the ark and placed before the ark to be on display for all to see the Testimony of G-d.

These things are a testimony of G-d’s Word, His Power, and His Provision.

The Testimony that we keep in our hearts, should have these three testaments as well. A proclamation and account of His Word, His Power, and His Provision.

A Testimony is not about us, but about G-d and what He has done. When you give the Testimony of G-d, is it about you or about G-d and what He has done? What do you proclaim? What do you give an account of?

For perspective, there is nothing wrong with giving some history, but how is that history given? Is it a proclamation of where G-d brought you from, or is it a story of things you used to do?

We have to remember, no one needs the details of the sinful past. People just need to hear what G-d has done and where He brought you from. G-d delivered the Israelites from Egypt. We can say, “G-d delivered me from…” and fill in the blanks. That is a proclamation of His Work in us. Too many times we reflect on the past and what we used to do, instead on where G-d has brought us to. People need to hear the latter. They already know what the former is like.

Proclaim today what G-d has done for you and give the Testimony of G-d, not of you.

Promise of Good Health

G-d delivered the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt and they were thirsty from their travels. They had come across contaminated water and G-d purified the water. He said:

…”If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

— Exodus 15:26 NKJV

This is an awesome promise from the L-RD. He is speaking to the Israelites, but it is very possible that this can pertain to us as well.

He says “If you diligently heed the voice of the L-RD your G-d…”

Are we diligently heeding the voice of the L-RD?

diligent: adj.

  1. constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything.
  2. done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking.

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diligent: adj.

  1. characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort: painstaking.
    syn. busy. – Orgin: Latin diligere – di (apart) + legere (to select)

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If we take the Latin origin “apart to select” and add that to the definition we will get an explanation of the word

to set something apart from the rest and steadily pursue it, with constant and fervent energetic effort, always being attentive to the goal in mind.

heed: verb:

  1. 1. to give careful attention to
    Origin: German: to guard, protect, in the sense of a covering of the head.

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Do we set apart our focus, with tenacious effort, towards covering/protecting our heads with the voice of the L-RD our G-d? Are we putting forth that same effort to do what is right in His sight, willingly and actively listening to His commandments with obedience, and constantly holding to His statutes?

According to this verse, if His people are doing the above mentioned, they will not have any of the diseases that were brought upon the Egyptians.

Are we His people? In John 10, Jesus talks about His sheep.

v.4 “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

v.8 “All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.”

v.16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

v.27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Are we His sheep? Do we hear His voice? Are we seeking Him out? If so, He has brought us into the fold and we have a promise of eternal life, as well as a life more spiritually abundant while we remain here on this Earth. In verse 10 of the same chapter, Jesus said that He has come that His sheep may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

This is what it means to be a follower of Jesus, a child of G-d.

Diligently seek Him out with every fiber of your being and see what G-d has in store for your life. It is far greater than you could ever imagine.