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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE. Sunday, July 5, 2020

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4 months 2 weeks ago #9489 by thaiwohvista
BE CAREFUL WITH SPIRITUAL THINGS.

Read Leviticus 10:1-10.
1. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
2. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
3. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
4. And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
5. So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
6. And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.
7. And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
8. And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,
9. Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
10. And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

MEMORISE: Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Corinthians 10:11)

EXPOSITION
Spiritual things are not subject of logic or reason. God says it; so be it! It is therefore meant to be believed and obeyed, not to be reasoned or argued. God told Abraham to take his son, his only son and sacrifice him to Him (the Lord). Human reasoning cannot fathom that. It would wonder at when God became a cannibal who wanted human flesh. The spirit of it is that you must just comply and obey. The hymn writer exhorts us to trust and obey because there is no other way we can be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.
God commanded the junior prophet not to take anything after delivering his message to the king. He even instructed the prophet not to return along the path that he went there through. But a senior prophet who saw the unsoundness of the instruction he had delivered from the Lord, counselled him otherwise, claiming that he had received a counter instruction from an angel. The junior prophet foolishly obeyed this deceiver and downplayed what God had told him. He paid for that disobedience with his dear life.
In our text today, we see that the two sons of Aaron died because they trivialized the divine instruction concerning the kind of fire that should be brought to the altar of the Lord. Divine instruction may look rather unreasonable, yet obedience to it brings immediate and ultimate blessings, while disobedience brings death in all its forms. As you go your way, today, learn not to take spiritual issues lightly. It is suicidal to handle the things of God with levity or familiarity contempt.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Lord, help me to understand the things of the Spirit with the commitment and depth You expect of me.
2. Lord, help me to take Your things with all seriousness.
3. Lord, help all the household of faith not to trivialise spiritual issues because of familiarity.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 2 Chronicles 29 - 31; 1 Timothy 6

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