Good morning my friends,
Wow, God is a demanding God. Nadab and Abihu did not last long in their roles as priests. I am not sure we could consider it like making a mistake at McDonald’s on your first day and being fired. Perhaps it could be considered more like showing off on your first day by giving away free food and being fired for it. Regardless, they did not follow the precise instructions of the LORD God and ended up paying for it with their lives. It is because their role was an important one in
"You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses." (Exodus 10:9-11)
The role of the priests was not simply to make sacrifices on behalf of the people but also to teach the people the difference between right and wrong according to God’s laws. They were to do this with more than just mere words; they had to set the example as well. They could not drink before going into the Tent of Meeting because this was a common thing which was not to be mixed with the holy place of the Tent of Meeting. However, that is just one small example of the many things that would need to be taught. This required the humble attitude of a servant who saw his life no longer belonging to himself but to the LORD and the people.
We, the Church, are a nation of people belonging to the royal priesthood. We demonstrate to the world by example the difference between the “clean and unclean”, “the holy and the common”. We show them that a life given to the LORD is different than the life lived for self. More importantly we demonstrate the love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, of the LORD to the world. This is why it is important that we hear the instruction of the LORD so we do not blow it like Nadab and Abihu.
I speak to my students now. You have an opportunity to make a difference as individuals and as a collective group of youth. You do not have to follow the “sins of your fathers”, making the same mistakes of the generations that went before you. You can make the decision now that you will follow the ways of the LORD, listening to his instructions, seeking his glory and showing the world what God can do with someone who is completely given over to him. Remember these words written to a young evangelist:
Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:11-12)
Some people want to write you off as being too young, too immature, too common. Yet I say to you that you are the raw materials from which God works his miracles. Jesus did not leave us here to entertain ourselves. We have been left in this place to serve him and to represent him to the world. We live in an exciting age where technology has opened many doors of opportunities for us to communicate, support, encourage, lift up, urge on and to reach out. That same technology can be used to hurt and destroy. You have the opportunity to show there is a different between “the holy and the common”. I urge all of us every day to allow the LORD to show to the world that he is prepared to take the common and make it holy; to take the unclean and make it clean. He just needs our willingness
Too many common people have lowered the standards of tools like the Internet. There is far too much ugliness available out there with not enough alternatives. We are craftsmen, skilled according to the grace of God. We are poets, writers, designers, story tellers. We have been skilled to produce great works. We need to start producing things of great quality, using our imagination and flooding the Internet with great material to show the difference between the Holy and the common. This is a call to arms. Let us take back the Internet in the name of the One who gave us all things Holy.