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Leviticus 10 – Strange Fire

I have been waiting for this chapter.  I knew that it was coming, and to some extent i have been dreading it.  After everything that has happened.  After all of the preparing and anointing and consecrating, the time comes for Aaron’s grown sons to step up and do their part, and what happens?  Immediately they mess it up.  It’s not even like they just forgot something.  It’s that they knew what they were supposed to do and purposely did the wrong thing.

We don’t know what they were thinking.  We don’t know their plans, or their purpose, or their intent.  All we know is what happened, and the response of YHWH God to their clear violation of his law.  They “offered strange fire before the LORD (YHWH)“.  Strong’s concordance describes this word “strange” as;

זוּר – zûr (zoor)
A primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery: – (come from) another (man, place), fanner, go away, (e-) strange (-r, thing, woman).

So the word “strange” here is defined under the context of foreign (not natural), profane, and adulterous.  So we aren’t just talking about mixing up the spices differently than they were supposed to.  We are referring to a completely inappropriate and sinful offering given to YHWH, the one HOLY God.

Here are the priests, the ones who are to stand before YHWH and represent the people.  They are to be coming into God’s presence holy, bringing a holy sacrifice to cover the people and their sins, and what do they do on one of the first days of their job?  They offer a profane and adulterous offering to YHWH!  They insult YHWH and basically do their best to slap Him in the face.  YHWH’s response?  Fire comes out from His presence and consumes them!  They are destroyed on the spot.

When those who are supposed to be standing before the LORD and ministering to YHWH and the people are purposely rejecting and disobeying Him, what does it say about Him, and what does it mean for them?  Those who are leaders and ministers need to take His work seriously.  If we don’t, what will His response be to us.  Those who are leaders are held to a higher standard, but we also have the potential for a greater reward.  However, we MUST pursue the holiness of the LORD.

John Camiolo Jr.

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Leviticus 9 – The Presence

The seven days of anointing are over.  Aaron, his sons, and the tabernacle have all been purified, anointed, and set apart for the work of service.  So now the eighth day has come and Moses gathers the people.  It is time to come before the LORD and for YHWH to reveal His presence upon that place.

Aaron and his sons offer the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offering, and the grain offering.  All that needs to be done to prepare for this moment has been done.  It’s so much hard work to do all of this.  It requires so much dedication and effort to see the work to it’s end.  In the end though, when YHWH shows up, nothing else matters.  Nothing!  “Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD (YHWH) appeared to all the people.  Then fire came out from before the LORD (YHWH) and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Do we pursue YHWH?  I mean really pursue Him?  Do we seek Him, and look for Him, and desire Him?  Are we willing to put our whole heart into that pursuit, or do we just kind of look for him and hope that He shows up?  We need to be willing to put the work and effort into pursuing God.  If we are not willing to anoint, purify, and set ourselves and our situation apart for YHWH, we will find that we do not find God’s presence.  And, we NEED to find His presence… His glory!

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Leviticus 8 – Anointing

The time has come.  Everything has been built to specs and the work of the tabernacle is about to begin.  Now is one of my favorite times.  It’s anointing time!  I don’t know why, but i always find this so exciting.  It is the dedication of the work for service.  It is a time of change and of new work with YHWH.

He is an amazing God, and He works through us, His people.  Even though He is the AWEsome, overpowering, holy, creator of the universe; He works in us, but he doesn’t consume us and our personality in the process.  In fact, not only does His personality not overpower us; who He is actually strengthens our personality and makes us each more unique and distinctive than we were before.

As a result, when a new work is being done and a new anointing comes, it changes who we are and how we worship HIM!  YHWH never changes, yet He is new every morning!  His work and ways continually change, but He never does.  I think that that is part of why i find this anointing process so exciting.  Things are about to change.  A man and his sons are about to find  their purpose and destiny.  YHWH is working anew, and this…THIS is a turning point!

I think we should celebrate turning points more often.  I don’t think that we do it like we used to.  The turning point from child to adult (rite of passage) has been lost.  The celebrations of new roles and purposes  has gone  to the wayside.  This change in life.  This change in anointing should be something we embrace and become excited about.  It should help  to define, and redefine who we are.

Aaron and his sons are about to embark on a whole new journey.  They are being anointed by YHWH for His work and purpose!  Everything is beginning to change!

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Exodus 40 – Anointing Presence

The time has come for all the work to find completion.  The design and construction work have been completed and inspected, and now is the time for the assembly and final work to be done.  This appears to be a work that Moses, himself does, or in the very least that Moses directs.  He anoints it all with oil and puts everything together.  Piece by piece and part by part, the work gets done and the tabernacle is erected, “just as the LORD commanded him.

There is something fascinating to me about the process of anointing oil and anointing with oil.  I know that anointing oil and anointing with oil (among other things) are used to represent YHWH’s spirit being poured out as well as being anointed or consecrated for a work.  This is what is being represented here.  It is a preparation of these materials for the work that YHWH has for them.  They are set apart for a holy purpose, and somehow anointing them with oil helps to do this.

Anointing with oil is something that some churches and denominations do, and some do not.  It serves the same purposes, it is anointing in preparation of materials for the work of service.  It is also to set something / someone apart as holy for God’s use and purpose.  The third primary purpose of oil / anointing oil is for healing.  Oil used to be used to cleanse wounds to prevent infection and other problems.  As such, it is also used to represent the supernatural healing work of God’s Holy Spirit.  This can be physical healing as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.  It’s a beautiful image of some of the work of the Holy Spirit.

Overall though, the real beauty of this chapter comes in the last verses of the chapter; “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”  The work is completed.  The tabernacle has been anointed and erected, and now the reason and purpose of not only the work and the tabernacle but the very book of Exodus and the Bible is here.  The LORD… YHWH, and His glory (weight / presence) fill this place.  His is the true anointing presence.

Thus ends the book of Exodus.

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