Scripture: verse 17
None of [Aharon’s] descendants who has a defect may approach to offer the bread of his God.
Observation: Men of the priestly families who had congenital deformities or major health problems weren’t allowed in the sanctuary. They were still allowed to eat the things set aside for priests to eat, but they didn’t participate in formal worship.
This wasn’t fair. It still isn’t fair. Today God would get hit with all sorts of lawsuits for discriminatory practices.
But the fact is, God discriminates against all humans. For being sinful. For having lied or gossiped or been prideful or resentful. None of us measure up.
The point of the formal worship laid out here is not to make humans good. Its point is to remind humans that God is holy and they are not. It’s there to remind us that we can’t be good.
But Yeshua didn’t come for humans that were good. Like a doctor, He comes for those who need Him (Mark 2). The tired and the hungry and the poor and the sick. The sinners. He came for us.
Application: Stop worrying about whether you measure up. You don’t. But He does.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for coming for me. Thank you for covering me with your righteousness. Help me to trust you too make all things new. Amen.