Our youngest was only school age when she sat on her father’s lap in the driver’s seat of the car in the (empty) school parking lot while he let her “drive” for a few minutes. Her feet couldn’t even reach the pedals, but as she clutched the steering wheel, she confidently said, “I got it, Dad!”
Typical. Not just of her, but of humanity in general, right? Now, Bob and I hope that we have been reasonably responsible parents, and as such had our three children take drivers’ ed while in high school as well as teaching them our own white-knuckled version just like our sweet parents did for us back in the day. There was no way we were going to allow our dearest loved relations to pilot such tonnage of potential death without the proper protection of adequate training!
Because power has consequences. I’m thinking God was trying to tell Aaron and Moses that…
“Everything we have done today was commanded by the LORD in order to purify you, making you right with him. Now stay at the entrance of the Tabernacle day and night for seven days, and do everything the LORD requires. If you fail to do this, you will die, for this is what the LORD has commanded.”
The people had just gone through a huge community time of meeting God at the mountain, receiving the stone tablets (for the second time…), putting together the beautiful tabernacle, and basically having God bestow upon them their own culture. Now, for the crowning touch, Aaron and his sons are dressed in their stunning ceremonial garb and literally “made holy” before the living God of this newly redefined nation. And then they realize this isn’t just a position of privilege. They are finding themselves in a very, very dangerous situation. (Surprise!)
It wasn’t simply that God was going to kill them if they disobeyed; no, the Almighty was just stating fact. God had now put them in a position of abject, perfect holiness, the power of which was so incredibly dangerous that without God’s protective covering, should they step out from under it, they would not last long. Why? Because holiness isn’t just about behavior, like our 21st century Americanized version seems to think. It’s about power. A very dangerous sort of power; a power that is only truly understood in Heaven because it comes from Heaven.
There’ a lot more that can (and should) be said on this subject for our lives today, but my 500 words won’t allow it, and truthfully, my brain’s just not there yet. How about your’s?
In the meantime, put your seatbelt on. God might be getting ready to do something.
Leviticus 8: 34-35 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.