Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- The Urim and Thummim are interesting, they are believed to be stones in a pouch each of a different colour. They are to signify the will of the Lord, So if anybody enquired of the Lord, the priest would place his hand in the pouch and bring out one of the stones, Depending on what the colour was would determine whether the answer was a yes or a no. I must admit I wouldn’t mind one of those now, but God in His wisdom has decided that we need to study His word to know His will now. He has also placed us in His family, the church with wise people to help us too. Ask God to help guide you today as you submit your life into His hands.
- Have you ever seen a bullfight? Extremely brutal affair, not for the squeamish. I’m trying to imagine a bull in the tabernacle with a hand placed upon its head. Difficult to approach at the best of times but to kill it as well. Not a pleasant or easy process at all, but remember all as a consequence of sin. Thank God that we live in the age after Jesus has been sacrificed once and for all. Think about the consequences and magnitude of your sin, repent of any sins that come to mind and accept God’s forgiveness through Jesus.
- What an amazing site to see the fire of God fall on the sacrifice and burn up the offering. No wonder the people fell on their faces.
- Chapter 10 is quite a tough passage, but we don’t know all the circumstances of Nadab and Abihu. This was an amazing period in Israel’s history when God was really close. The killing of Nadab and Abihu would have brought the fear of the Lord to all the people. He is Holy and not to be messed with. It reminds me a bit of the killing of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. It’s so important to have a healthy fear of the Lord. I imagine Mishael and Elzaphan were a lot less complacent when they took over from Nadab and Abihu and they approached the task with a fair deal of trepidation!
- The incident described in verses 16 to 20 of chapter 10 takes place on the final day of the installation of the priesthood. Moses discovers that Eleazar and Ithamar have not followed the regulations of sacrifice given by God (v. 16). It is dramatic because it follows so closely on the offense of Nadab and Abihu. Moses voices his anger; Aaron, however, intervenes on behalf of his two sons. He argues that the events of the day have been so exceptional as to show that it is too dangerous to perform the ritual. Aaron’s defense displays his fear of the holiness of God, which Moses is glad to see in his brother.