First–I want to say how much I appreciate the comments left on this morning’s post. How beautiful it is to know there are others out there who are in the SAME EXACT place and the Lord is doing the same things in your hearts…thank you for doing this journey of life with me and for your longing to be obedient to Him. Love you all.
Second…gonna keep it light with today’s reading…can’t miss a day! But first—the power of words. I have words all over my home. Every where. This is one that always makes me smile in our guest bathroom downstairs…I’m a fan of Uppercase Living:). And I’m also a fan of my label maker. I got a little crazy today in the playroom. I was thinking “word association” and labeled EVERYTHING…well, almost everything. The play frig, stove, oven, sink, dollhouse, clock…even the toilet…all have labels. Frank was napping, the older two were playing and I got OOC (out of control) with the label maker.
Then…during the kids bath-time. I got it back out. Rich is working late—so I thought it’d be fun for him to find this when he gets in and goes to brush his teeth:)…So…label makers aren’t just for labeling:). They can be for encouraging too:)
LENT DAY 3 – The Fall (Ornament: The Apple) We just got done discussing the Fall with the kids. Kids always amaze me what they remember. I stopped at the eating of the apple and just starting talking about how they disobeyed and how it’s so important to listen to and obey the Lord. I thought, “Okay, for a 4 and 5 year old…that’s enough.” Then Laney piped in and said I left out a bunch of stuff…and she proceded to tell the “rest of the story”. Wish I had that on video tape…”and momma, they had to work and work and work and WORK!” So true Laney. Oh how I wish I, too, didn’t feel like I needed to always know everything. I confess that I do—and I give this over to God. Help us to follow you Lord and not have to know anything other than Your voice.
Thoughts on today’s reading…
9:5 – I love how the entire community is there for Aaron and the other sons commissioning. Such a beautiful picture of them being sent out into service.
9:24 “Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the alter. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.” Can you imagine what this was like?! Did you know the Lord STILL works in MIRACULOUS ways TODAY?! Yes He does! He tells us in His word to watch and be amazed!!!
10:1-7 – Nadab and Abihu (Aaron’s sons) disobeyed–in every way…and a day that should have ended in worship ended with a funeral of two sons. They were the wrong people to be handling the incense. It was the wrong day to take insense to the Holy of Holies. They should have asked Moses, but they acted on their own. And based on what the Lord tells Aaron in verses 9-10 we get the impression that they were also under the influence. The same fire that just caused everyone to fall down on their knees in worship–came right back, consumed and killed Nadab and Abihu for their disobedience.
I think of Aaron being told by Moses just after this that he can not show grief of his two SONS and must stay in the Tabernacle…or he, too, will die. But inside he was dying. Aaron couldn’t even eat of the sin offering as he was hurt so—and explains to Moses in verse 19 why he couldn’t partake…”Then Aaron answered Moses, “Today my sons presented both their sin and offering and their burnst offering to the Lord. And yet this tragedy has happend to me. If I had eated the people’s sin offering on such a tragic day as this, would the Lord have been pleased?”
Aaron was saying here that going through the motions would not have pleased or honored God. That for him, it was better to not take of it. The Lord looks at the heart and wants OBEDIENCE not sacrifice.
Leviticus 11…Ceremonially Clean and Unclean animals. Is it just me or does anyone ever read chapters like this one and think, “Oh no…I just ate bacon?” Here are 3 facts that should be noted about the dietary laws:
1. They were for the Jewish nation.
2. They guaranteed ceremonial purity but not change in character.
3. These laws were temporary and were ended on the cross of Christ.
So…it’s okay to eat my bacon. I love bacon:).
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend…and hope those of you doing the Lent Tree with your sweet children are being blessed during your sweet time together. A friend of mine said she is putting the ornament for each day in a bag and letting her son open it…and each day is like Christmas morning to him! So fun! Just another way to make this activity a highlight in the day for your children!