Scripture: verse 16
Then Moshe carefully investigated what had happened to the goat of the sin offering and discovered that it had been burned up. He became angry with El‘azar and Itamar, the remaining sons of Aharon…
Observation: So we had the sacrifices to consecrate the priests, and then the priests were sent into the tabernacle to hang out with God for a while, and two of them did something stupid and prideful and got killed for their trouble, and Moses dealt with the bodies…and went right back to checking up on the sacrifices. Which had also been screwed up. (Most of the goat was supposed to be eaten.)
Which seems kinda hard-nosed, really. We don’t typically expect people who recently lost a close relative to function normally, especially when the death was sudden and unexpected and traumatic, as this was. Admittedly Moses had instructed them not to mourn, but after all, they’re only human. (That was pretty much Aaron’s defense when Moses got angry, actually. Moses accepted it.)
For that matter, Moses just lost his nephews, though admittedly being raised in Pharaoh’s court probably meant he wasn’t as close to them.
I’m not sure which direction to take this. I don’t know whether Moses was being too demanding or not. On the one hand, we are called to be holy and that means not being normal. On the other hand, we’re only human, and Moses maybe needed to recognize that.
Really I think those are both true. We are called to be holy, and that’s a standard we cannot reach. But God loves us, and knows our weaknesses, and that’s why He gave us a way to be holy anyway. Yeshua is the Way to the Father. We can’t get there otherwise.
Application: Strive to be holy – and also cut yourself some slack. Most of all, rely on Yeshua’s righteousness and not your own. His is better anyway.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for being the Way for me. Thank you for lifting me up when I fall down. Amen.