Day 33: Leviticus 10-12
Nadab, Abihu, Aaron, Moses
*Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, burnt the incense wrong and were killed in a fire explosion. This can be taken many ways. Maybe God did it to warn of disobedience. Maybe God did it because he knew if they couldn’t even do one simple thing obediently, how could they do all of their priestly duties. Or maybe (and this is my idea) God gave them specific instructions knowing if they didn’t follow it, the wrong combination of materials would make a huge blaze.
I’ve heard it said that if we followed the old testament guidelines (well except for the animal sacrifice and we don’t have to do that now because of Jesus) then we’d live longer and be healthier… Nadab and Abihu sure would have…
*The priests had to live by high standards: no drinking alcohol before going in the Tablernacle, must be able to distinguish between clean and unclean, and follow the rules God gave them to the letter. A HUGE responsibility.
*They could only eat animals who chewed cud and had split hooves. They could eat any ocean animal with fins and scales. There is a whole group of birds not to eat. They couldn’t eat winged insects that walked on the ground… except for a few exceptions. They couldn’t even touch then or become unclean themselves. RATS are unclean (I couldn’t agree more ;) )
*Rules for Childbirth:
*if a woman has a son, she’s unclean for 7 days. On the 8th day, the baby boy circumcised. Then she’s unclean for 33 days while she heals from the ‘not pleasant’ parts of child birth (trying to be vague for you guys reading this… there’s nothing glamorous about child birth ;) )
*if a woman has a daughter, she’s unclean for 2 weeks. After 66 days, she will be purified from the after child birth ‘unpleasantness’.
*after the allotted days, she will take a lamb or two turtledoves or two pigeons to be offered as a purification sacrifice.
*I read in my commentary that this was done to highlight her role as a new mother and relieved her of certain duties that probably made the early days with a new baby easier….Well, that would have been AWESOME!
Verses that Jumped Out at Me:
There isn’t one verse that jumped out at me. The childbirth part was interesting…
Are there any verses that jumped out at you?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Leviticus 13-15
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