Sometimes, maybe much time is made of mocking all that is holy. Even among Christians it is not often taken seriously. Someone who becomes devoted to living holy is often told something like, “O, come on now. You can’t be serious”. God is serious about holiness, because He is holy.
In reading Leviticus you will find much about “Holiness”. You will find it stated by the LORD, “Be holy; for I am holy” many times. I read that several times as I was reading Leviticus 9 – 22 this morning.
When two sons of Aaron did not take holiness seriously; or right worship seriously they died,
“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.” Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV)
Their death seems to have been due to entering the most Holy Place with alcoholic drink on them;
“And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, ‘Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: and that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.'” Leviticus 10:9
Whatever the “strange fire” was that Nadab and Abihu took into the Holy Place it was not holy unto the LORD. God takes holiness among His people very seriously, and so should the Christian of today.
As we look at Leviticus with all its commandments, requirements for holiness, laws for dealing with body sores, and skins rashes, and leprosy, sexual relationships, eating; the right kinds of animals, insects and fish to eat, etc. it seems like it would be an impossible feat to meet God’s requirements for holiness. I believe that to be an accurate assessment of our situation.
With all that God requires for our holiness we all fall short. I mean who would always be aware of sitting on something that is unclean (Leviticus 15). Only God would always know that.
The declaration of the Law is that we are Guilty, Guilty, and Guilty of being unholy; unless we can keep the whole law. There is only One who did. His name is Jesus Christ and He was and is the atonement for all our sins.
God has said many times through my reading to day, “I am the LORD”. That is it. He is holy; and He requires holiness of His people. It is only attainable through the once and for all shed blood of His Son; who was our atonement, and scapegoat for our sins (Leviticus 16); carrying our sin away. God is still serious about sin and holiness. Jesus rose bodily from the grave, and ever lives as our intercessor.
Blessed be the holy name of the LORD.
-Tim A. Blankenship