Spiritual Training

Spiritual Training X2

February 7 - Evening

"Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:

'Among those who approach me
    I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people
    I will be honored.’

Aaron remained silent."

- Leviticus 10:1-3

Unauthorized Worship Judged


Shortly after their ordination, a mere 2 chapters in the book of Leviticus, two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, decide to add a little of their own flavor, aroma or ideas to the Tabernacle ritual that God prescribed in great detail with great signs and manifestations to support his authenticity. It may be that Nadab and Abihu had some ideas or fragrances that they remembered from the Egyptian’s religious rituals. Maybe Nadab and Abihu mixed some pagan incense formula that was associated with another deity. Did they offer it at the wrong time of day? Did they bring fire from some other source than the coals of the altar (Lev. 16:12). Whatever Nadab and Abihu brought into the worship service and added to the instructional rituals performed in the tabernacle, the Lord was angry.
Nadab and Abihu were with Moses, Aaron and the seventy elders when they went up Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:1) and they had been the object of the consecration and ordination process of the priesthood of Aaron (Lev. 8). But, in here in Leviticus 10 it says Nadab and Abihu offered “strange fire which he had not commanded them.” In Exod. 30:33, Leviticus 22:12 and Numbers 16:40 the word “strange,” or the Hebrew word zar, is used to identify people who are not qualified to function in the tabernacle because they are not priests. This would mean the coals came from an unauthorized source or the mixture of incense was an unauthorized combination. Their actions produced an offering of incense that was not been commanded by the Lord. Nadab and Abihu’s actions were not part of the teaching rituals or the atoning work of the priests.
It is speculated that Nadab and Abihu were drunk since right after the Lord forbids Aaron the privilege of mourning the loss of his two eldest sons, Aaron is given a command,
“Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent o meeting, lest you die.” (Lev. 10:8-11)
Tereo (Gr) – Keep Eng) - tereo is Greek word that means "to attend to carefully," "to take care of," "to guard," and "to observe." Tereo is used 71x. In John 17:15 Jesus asks the father to tereo from the evil one. In First John tereo is used to refer to the believer "keeping" the commandments of God. (1 John 2:3-5; 3:22; 3:24; 5:3.)
Do I seek a right standing with the Lord or do I seek wealth and blessings from the Lord?
I will seek to honor the Lord in my actions and my daily pursuit of his will.



Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text




Personal

Confess sin

Church

Spirit of giving
Military Generals
Unstoppable immigration into Europe which has plunging birthrates



This is pavement outside the Dung Gate of the south wall of the city of Jerusalem from the Byzantine period when Christians controlled Jerusalem.
Details on a map of the journey taken by Abraham's servant to find a wife for Isaac.




Someone to Quote

"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral collapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”
- George Douglas MacArthur

Something to Ponder

The concept of the church building did not come from scripture. The early church met in homes. The Jews met in synagogues. Romans and Greeks met in basilicas. Europe met in glorious gothic buildings. The Egyptians built steeples that they called obelisk, while Athens created the Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns for their meeting places. Yet today the church tries to follow the Bible, while continuing to meet like pagans in pagan styled meeting places that they call “Christian” and “ecclesial.”

Here’s a Fact

A limestone quarry that was used to create the large Herodian ashlar blocks for the Temple Mount has been discovered 2 miles NW of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Coins and pottery found at this site date it to the days of Herod’s construction of the Temple.

Proverb

"Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die; Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." - Proverbs 30:7-9

Coach’s Corner

Be friendly. Risk rejection and reach out to someone.

Exodus 8
New International Version (NIV)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’”
So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”
Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”
10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God.
11 The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”
12 After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. 13 And the Lord did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. 14 They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them. 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.
The Plague of Gnats
16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 17 They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 18 But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not.
Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere,
19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.
The Plague of Flies
20 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 21 If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them.
22 “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. 23 I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.’”
24 And the Lord did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.
25 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.”
26 But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the Lord our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us.”
28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”
29 Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”
30 Then Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord, 31 and the Lord did what Moses asked. The flies left Pharaoh and his officials and his people; not a fly remained. 32 But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.
Exodus 27
New International Version (NIV)
The Altar of Burnt Offering
27 “Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze. Make all its utensils of bronze—its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans. Make a grating for it, a bronze network, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network. Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar. Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze. The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried. Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain.
The Courtyard
“Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen, 10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts. 11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.
12 “The west end of the courtyard shall be fifty cubits wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases. 13 On the east end, toward the sunrise, the courtyard shall also be fifty cubits wide. 14 Curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases, 15 and curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on the other side, with three posts and three bases.
16 “For the entrance to the courtyard, provide a curtain twenty cubits long, of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer—with four posts and four bases. 17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands and hooks, and bronze bases. 18 The courtyard shall be a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits wide, with curtains of finely twisted linen five cubits high, and with bronze bases. 19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.
Oil for the Lampstand
20 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. 21 In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.


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