with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
August 24
And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died; and the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
Leviticus 16:1–2
Linked to chapter 10, these opening verses of chapter 16 hint that, in addition to burning strange fire, Nadab and Abihu violated God’s law by going into the Holy of Holies.

Suppose you are an Amorite, Ammonite, or a Jebusite watching the Israelites fervently engaged in pitching a huge tent. An Israelite happens across your path and you ask him what he’s doing. “Erecting the Tabernacle,” he would answer, “the tent where God meets with His people.”

“I want to go there and meet Him too,” you would say.

“Sorry, it’s just for Israelites,” he would answer.

“Then I wish I were an Israelite,” you would say.

“It’s not enough to simply be an Israelite,” he would answer. “You have to be of the tribe of Levi. They’re the only ones who get to put up the Tabernacle.”

“Then I wish I were a Levite,” you would say.

“It’s not that simple,” he would say. “To go into the Tabernacle, you must be a priest, which means you must be of the family of Aaron.”

“Then I wish I were of the family of Aaron,” you would say.

“It’s not that simple,” he would say. “Only the oldest member of the family can serve as the high priest. And only the high priest can actually meet with God.”

“Then I wish I were the oldest member of the family of Aaron so I could meet with God whenever I wished,” you would say.

“It’s not that simple,” he would say. “The high priest can only meet with God one day each year on Yom Kippur. And if he’s not properly prepared, he’ll die.”

We can have the tendency to read the Old Testament and think it would be wonderful to live in the days when people saw firsthand the parting of the Red Sea, the drowning of Pharaoh’s army, and manna falling from Heaven. Yet, in reality, we live in much better days because we experience every day that which only one of them could experience on only one day each year: the Chabod, the glory of God. It’s an unbelievable privilege God has given to you and me. Thus, these days are better indeed.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.