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There’s a price to pay when we disobey – Leviticus 10:10

Leviticus 10:10
You must know the difference between the sacred and the profane, the ritually pure and the impure…

Leviticus 10:1-2
But Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, placed unholy fire in their censers, laid incense on the fire, and offered the incense before the Lord—contrary to what the Lord had just commanded them! So fire blazed forth from the presence of the Lord and destroyed them.

2 Samuel 6:6
But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark. 7 Then the anger of the Lord flared out against Uzzah and he killed him for doing this, so he died there beside the Ark.

Genesis 19:26
But Lot’s wife never made it; she lagged behind her husband and looked back—despite the messenger’s advice—and turned into a pillar of salt.

Matthew 28:20
Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you. And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.

The Lord knows what we do and the things that we could do but that we fail to do.

Aaron’s sons were sloppy in carrying out their responsibilities in service to God, (Leviticus 10:1-2).  Was that ever a mistake and they thought they could get away with it. They paid with their lives. If you are entrusted with holy work of any type, do it exactly as God asks. Holy God cannot violate His own rules. 

Do you honor God, do you reverence his word? 

I read and reread the account of Uzzah who was killed by God for touching the Ark when it was being transported for King David, (2 Samuel 6:6). It seemed rather extreme. Again, it was a case of someone facing consequences. This person undoubtedly knew the sacred rules, and he paid the ultimate price for his mistake.

How different would your life look if you faced the same pressure?

I would be dead, no question. Many of us would be dead or turned into salt pillars like Lot’s wife for not following instructions. She heard the instructions, but she had to look back!

How many of us fail to listen to and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit?

Be wise and do the right thing.


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Comfort

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