Today’s Reading: Leviticus 7-8
Today’s Reflection: Leviticus 8:5
And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.”
At the anointing of Aaron and his sons, Moses speaks these words to the assembled children of Israel.
There has been a common theme from the end of Exodus to this point in Leviticus: the specificity of God’s instructions being matched by the exactness of Israel’s obedience. There is a simple reason for this. The instructions and words of God are life.
By God’s Word, the world came into being (Genesis 1, 2). It was the Word made flesh that came to earth to save man from sin (John 1:1-5, 9-14).
Following the instructions, laws and commands of God are not an arbitrary practice. Obedience to God brings you into harmony with God, who is the source of life itself. Obedience is also an outgrowth of your love for God—a sign that you truly trust Him and His Word.
So what then is disobedience? It’s an indication that you don’t trust God, or that you think you know better than Him. Disobedience breaks your unity with God, and breaks your unity with life itself. Rejection of the instructions and words of God is death. Understanding this, seeing the specific instructions God gave Moses, and the great care he took in carrying them out exactly takes on much greater meaning.
It is for this reason that God has given us His Word, that as we come to know Him for ourselves, that we might listen to Him, choose Him and choose the way that leads to life eternal.
Leviticus 8:34-36 – 34) As has been done today, the LORD has commanded to be done to make atonement for you. 35) At the entrance of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the LORD has charged, so that you do not die, for so I have been commanded.” 36) And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the LORD commanded by Moses.