Set Apart

Leviticus 9:15-24; 10:1-3

“Set Apart”

Before we get into our lesson let’s look at two things:

We see in Exodus 28:1 “Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests.

In Leviticus 9:8-14 that are not in our lesson: Aaron first offered a sin offering and a burnt offering for himself. 

 

Why is that important for us to know?

While he was called by God for a specific reason, Aaron was the same as everyone else, he was still a man and not anything more than what God has decided.

Was it Aaron or the sacrifice that covered the requirement. The sacrifice.

Aaron had to make his offering publicly to acknowledge that he was a sinner and needed forgiveness.

Aaron and his family were chosen to be priest and carry out God’s plan for salvation.

 

Turn to Hebrews 5:1-4 Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. 2 And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses. 3 That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs. 4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.

It says in the first verse; a priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God.

Who has God selected today to be priest? It could be anyone of us.

If God has chosen (called) you to lead someone to Christ, you are a priest.

It says in 1 Peter 2:9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

 

Now, we are NOT the High Priest, that is Jesus Christ.

Just like with Aaron, it is not by our works, but instead by the sacrifice of Jesus made on the cross.

Turn to 1 Timothy 2:3-7 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 7 And I have been chosen as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles this message about faith and truth. I’m not exaggerating—just telling the truth.

 

When we are chosen by God, that is the message we need to share with others.

 

 

Now let’s get into today’s lesson

Let’s read Leviticus 9:15-24 Aaron then brought the offering that was for the people. He took the goat for the people’s sin offering and slaughtered it and offered it for a sin offering as he did with the first one.16 He brought the burnt offering and offered it in the prescribed way. 17 He also brought the grain offering, took a handful of it and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning’s burnt offering.18 He slaughtered the ox and the ram as the fellowship offering for the people. His sons handed him the blood, and he splashed it against the sides of the altar. 19 But the fat portions of the ox and the ram—the fat tail, the layer of fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver— 20 these they laid on the breasts, and then Aaron burned the fat on the altar. 21 Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh before the Lord as a wave offering, as Moses commanded.22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.23 Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

In the building of the temple and the building of the ark God gave very specific instructions in how He wanted them built.

In making a sacrifice, God gave specific instructions in how He wanted it carried out.

In verse 16 and 21 we see two things that are very important to recognize, what are they?

 “in the prescribed way” and “as Moses commanded”

What does that mean? He did what he was supposed to do and did it in the right way.

 

Has that changed today?

 

Turn to Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

It says in John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

God still gives us these very specific instructions, that we must carry out in the right way.

After presenting the offerings Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them.

Then Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting.

For man to approach God, it must take place on God’s terms.

It says in Leviticus 16:2-3 The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. 3Aaron shall enter the holy place with this: with a bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

 

We will see more of this in our next lesson.

We don’t know exactly what they did in the meeting, but it must have been pleasing and acceptable to God.

When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.

 

Then in verse 24 it says; Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

Have you noticed how many times we see when God presents Himself it is in a Fire or bright light?

But that should not be a surprise to any of us…….

Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God made from nothing the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was an empty waste and darkness was over the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was moving over the top of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to all the people, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will not walk in darkness. He will have the Light of Life.”

 

We are blessed by having the Word of God and the knowledge of God, which are our specific instructions from the Lord.

This is important as we see what happen to Aaron’s sons in this next part of our lesson.

 

Let’s read Leviticus 10:1-3 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:” ‘Among those who approach me   I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people   I will be honored.’ “Aaron remained silent.

 

The obviously did something they were not instructed to do.

Ø  They were the wrong people. 

Ø  They used the wrong equipment

Ø  It was at the wrong time.

Ø  They acted under the wrong authority.

 

Turn to Exodus 30:34-38 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”

It sounds like what they did they did it for themselves and not to honor God

We don’t know exactly what their motives were, but we know they must have been wrong.

Then it says Aaron remained silent. 

My first thought is what else could he do.

Think about it:

Ø  You saw the presence of God

Ø  You saw His fire consume the offering

Ø  And you saw fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed your two oldest boys.

What would you do? By his silence, Aaron acknowledges that the Lord was justified in slaying his sons.

Aaron’s sons had been trained and they were without excuse.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

 

People today have no excuse for not excepting God and His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.