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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Taking God’s Holiness for Granted”
Let’s stop taking the holiness of God for granted, because it’s dangerous when we do.
In Leviticus 10:1-2 it says, “Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.”
What profaned wasn’t what they put into the censor. It wasn’t the incense; rather, it was what was put into Nadab and Abihu that defiled them before the Lord.
Why can I say this? It’s found in what Moses went on to say to Aaron. He said, “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die … that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.” (Leviticus 10:9-10)
From the context and Moses’s statement, it indicates they entered and were performing their work and ministry to the Lord intoxicated.
It would seem they considered it just another job, and never considered the seriousness of their calling as they entered before God impaired.
They were taking God for granted, as many believers do today. They take God’s grace and mercy for granted and continue in their sin while professing themselves as Christians. The Apostle Peter says we are a holy priesthood.
This may be why Moses said not to approach God in such a manner so they could distinguish between what is holy and unholy, and between what is clean and unclean.
Therefore, we need to be careful in how we approach God taking seriously that He is holy and will not accept what is unholy and unclean.
Peter tells us, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
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