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What Nadab and Abihu did was an act of deliberate sin made because they felt they could either rely on their own ability to start the fire or that their power from being a priest would enhance the power of God. Either they saw no reason to keep the altar fire burning as instructed in 6:12-13 because they knew they could easily relight it themselves which is probably what happened - or - the fire was still as burning as instructed but they decided that their priestly positions gave them power equal to the power of God which they demonstrated by adding their own additional fire to the altar. In either case God punished them by consuming them with fire.

Aaron had just seen his two oldest sons and his two remaining sons Elezar and Ithamar had just seen their brothers burned to ashes. Moses instructed the three of them not to leave the tabernacle to grieve with the people or to tear their clothes or let their hair go uncombed as a sign of mourning because they were to continue performing their priestly duty of offering sin sacrifices to God on behalf of the people and they did as were instructed. They did not turn their backs on God or refuse to perform their duties. However, after they burned the sin offering for their own sin and the sins of the people, they did not eat the meat as instructed. Moses approached them angrily demanding to know why they didn’t eat the meat. Aaron basically explained to Moses that they had done all they were suppose to do except they were to upset to eat after just watching Nadab and Abihu having been burned to a crisp, and then Moses understood and had compassion on them.

This is comforting to me because just as Moses had compassion when he realized how much Aaron, Elezar and Ithamar were hurting, Christ has compassion for us when we are deeply upset or hurting. God knows and considers what is taking place in our hearts. There are times when we hurt too deeply to pray and the Holy Spirit intervenes for us during those times. There are times when we have such pressing matters going on in our lives that even though we read the Scripture we are not aware of what we read, but God knows we are doing the best that we can do at that time. There are times when for some reason or another we cannot make ourselves enter the door of the church, but God still loves us and stays with us.

God bless!
Pat

We have been reading a lot recently about God's ceremonial laws in the Old Testament. So why are we Christians not bound by these laws today?
Great article here: https://www.gotquestions.org/ceremonial-law.html

Godspeed,
Jeff

After Jesus healed the demon-possessed man, Mark 5:17 says: "And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone."
Normally, Jesus' miracles caused people to flock to Him. So why in this instance did they want Jesus to leave?

I like the linked commentary's explanation of this:
"The typical explanation for the petition of the residents that Christ leave their country is that they were motivated by materialistic considerations. In other words, Jesus had caused a loss to them of 2,000 swine already; what else would His presence cost?

In both the accounts of Mark and Luke, the primary motivation is described as that of fear. Luke seems to base this fear solely upon what happened to the demoniac, not on the loss of their pigs.

“And the people went out to see what happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. And those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well. And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to depart from them; for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat, and returned” (Luke 8:35-37).

As these people began to piece together the previous events, not only of the destruction of the pigs, but also the deliverance of Legion, they began to sense that there was One far more awesome, much more to be feared, than Legion. They had dealt with Legion (I suspect) by forcing him from their presence. Now they would deal with this One greater than he by doing likewise. It is ironic that while the demons didn’t want to leave the country, the dwellers of that land didn’t want the Messiah to stay. Here is one of the few times that a miracle drove people away, rather than to draw them to Jesus. It would seem that these people had no Messianic expectations, and therefore wanted nothing to do with One Who had such awesome power, a power over which they had no control."

Godspeed,
Jeff

The seed represents the WORD. God will use his Word to accomplish His plans. We may never see what happens when we share God's word. He will use it for His glory.. Isaiah 55:11 All praise and Glory to our King. praise and glory to our God and King.

I think a key point discussed today was the "God Speed" in which a plant grows. We are a nation who no longer waits, takes control, and puts the power in the hands of our government, in hopes to make the our cultural sickness better. Today, I am reminded to enjoy the speed in which God works and that he does so for his own purpose. What he plants, we grow, and he harvests. Thank you Jesus, and please let myself remember that your speed is the speed I want to live.

This is my first year doing the One Year Bible Reading. For reading almost two months so far, I know that God has changed me a little bit everyday. I used to be busy and impatient, with many tasks written down in my Google Calendar. God helps me to drop some tasks that were difficult for me to drop from my "to-do-list" before. By doing less, and spending more time reading God's words daily, my life is better on the track, and I feel less worried. It's amazing! I like the principles of farming and growing, it reminds me to slow down and wait for God's timing.

Today's (yesterdays actually because I got behind on my OT reading) got me thinking about "actual" sins from God's Word and rules I follow rigidly that not be that important at all. I'm going to look further into that. I'm also thinking about exactly what my legacy is/will be.... because I want a Godly legacy.

When I read stories like what we read and the death of Aaron's sons over what we might think is minor.....I can help but be reminded that God means business, no matter how we try to marginalize disobedience to God and that He is a "namby pamby sweetsie pooh" kind of God. Sure, we would prefer a father that allows us to do everything/anything we want..... it is NOT loving/caring for a father that allows his children to run amuck and which leads to death.

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