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Commitment always involves two or more persons in a relationship with one another. Commitment is meaningful and satisfying when everyone involved is fully committed to everyone else. When commitment is only one way in any relationship, there is frustration and anger, because one party is sacrificing much to build the relationship while the other party does not care.
In Leviticus lesson 1 last Sunday, we focused on Leviticus Chapters 1 to 7, the sacrifices and offerings the Israelites were to offer to God. Sacrifices of gratitude and repentance; sacrifices that symbolize the people’s deep spiritual commitment to God. God is building a new relationship, a new lifestyle, with the people, and considers this a very serious relationship that requires total commitment.
In Leviticus Chapters 8 to 10, we see God’s commitment to this new relationship. In Chapters 8-9, God asks Moses to dedicate and install Aaron and his sons as priests responsible for managing the sacrifices and offerings. When a government or a business is installing officials, the more important the official, the greater the installation ceremony. Chapters 8-9 shows all the processes and ceremony involved in the installation of Aaron and his sons, this was a very important event.
Leviticus Chapter 9:22-24 (The Message Bible) says: “Aaron lifted his hands over the people and blessed them. Having completed the rituals.. Moses and Aaron entered the Tent of Meeting. When they came out they blessed the people and the Glory of God appeared to all the people. Fire blazed out from God and consumed the Whole-Burnt-Offering and the fat pieces on the Altar. When all the people saw it happen they cheered loudly and then fell down, bowing in reverence.”
At the completion of the installation of Aaron and his sons, the priests God appointed to manage the sacrifices and offering, God appeared and confirmed the appointments in front of all the people. When the people saw this, we are told they cheered loudly and bowed with reverence. The people were joyful, they could see that God is indeed fully committed to this relationship.
Sadly in Leviticus Chapter 10, Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, were careless in their priestly service and lost their lives. The severity of this event showed Israel that they had entered into a deadly serious relationship with God. This event showed the people that God is fully committed to them.
Lord, help us to see the depth of your commitment to us, Amen!