Bible Study & Devotional Day 51
🔴 People Exist for God’s Glory
Guiding Scripture: Leviticus 10:2 “So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.”
We cannot over-emphasize the importance of God’s holiness. The worship we offer to our Lord must come from an authentic and right place. Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire to the Lord as consecrated Priests. (Leviticus 8:1-13, 10:1) The exact error is up for debate, with some scholars noting they should not have provided incense as it was Aaron’s duty. Whichever reason your faith leads you to hold as true, the event is a traumatic reminder for us as Christians that our behavior, actions, and motivations ought to glorify God. If there is a question, seek the Lord in prayer, and He will guide you to a solution.
Sin is the barrier between God and us. Jerry Bridges wrote, “God, being infinitely holy, has an infinite hatred of sin.”
Leviticus 10:10′ So that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean,
Dead people or things made the Israelites unclean in the sight of the Lord. They didn’t remain unclean but needed to remove themselves from the presence of the Lord. Our God is life. Jesus came to give life and give it more abundantly. The lesson for our generation should include that we exist for God’s glory.
Isaiah 6:9-10 So he said, “Go and speak to these people. Tell them,
“‘You will hear but never understand. You will see but never know what you are seeing.’ 10 Make the hearts of these people stubborn. Plug up their ears.
Close their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes. They might hear with their ears. They might understand with their hearts.
And they might turn to me and be healed.”
Sisters and Brothers seek the Holy Spirit the Helper Jesus leaves with all those who have faith. The stubborn and hard-hearted are among us, and we, too, can fall victim to unrighteous thoughts and behavior, just as Aaron’s sons. We can learn the lesson and be governed by a desire to present the Gospel as a set-apart people. Psalm 37:37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace
This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Leviticus 9:7-10:20, Mark 4:26-5:20 , Psalm 37:30-40 , Proverbs 10:6-7