Scripture: verses 1 and 2:
After the death of Aharon’s two sons, when they tried to sacrifice before Adonai and died; Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell your brother Aharon not to come at just any time into the Holy Place beyond the curtain, in front of the ark-cover which is on the ark, so that he will not die; because I appear in the cloud over the ark-cover…”
Observation: People are screwed up. We really are. Despite the extensive instruction, and despite the thunder and fire and other manifestations of God being God, the new priests figured they knew what they were doing. So they did things their way, and they died for it. God isn’t like other gods. He is Himself, and we shouldn’t assume that we can figure Him our or expect Him to make sense to us.
After those deaths, God created a new set of rules to remind the priests that they didn’t have things figured out either. God is a different God. They weren’t allowed to wander in and out of His presence. They had to follow the rules too.
And what of us? We are allowed to enter into God’s presence whenever we want to. We are told to “boldly approach the throne of grace” in Hebrews 4. Does this mean we have things figured out, that we don’t need to be reminded that God is holy? Not likely.
We aren’t welcome because we have followed the Law correctly. We aren’t welcome because we’ve gotten it right. We’re welcome because we’re family. Our actions haven’t changed, but our identity has.
That’s why Yeshua died. The rules didn’t work to make us good. We can’t serve God the way He wants to be served. So we’re not asked to. We couldn’t make it as servants, so we’re invited in as family.
Application: Boldly approach the throne of grace. Treat God like family. Tell Him things, and expect Him to tell you things.
Prayer: Hi God. Thank you for welcoming me into your family. Thank you for listening to whatever I have to say. This has been a good day so far. Thank you for making things go well, and help me deal with the things that don’t. Amen.