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February 20, 2004

LWI (Leading while intoxicated)

Leviticus 10:8-11
Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying: 9 "Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, 10 that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, 11 and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses."

One of the responsibilities of "priesthood" is to be prepared to "distinguish between holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean." We cannot be impaired or under the influence of anything that could hinder our ability to perform what is our sacred responsibility, even by things that are acceptable in everyday life.

I wonder what things hinder pastors' abilities to exercise sound judgment. There are many things that can be intoxicating such as power and influence. We can be indiscretionate about our own personal purity, allowing small things to defile us like some of the stuff on TV or on the web that just sneaks in. It happens all the time in my life. I must pay more attention and not be so casual about the responsibility I have been entrusted with.

Lord, help me never to dishonor the privledge of serving you.

February 25, 2004

Flesh & Blood

Leviticus 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

I have yet to see "The Passion of The Christ"; it opens nation-wide today - Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Over last few weeks there has been a lot of media coverage about the violent nature of this movie. I've seen some specials about "The Making of The Passion" and how Mel Gibson wanted this to be "shocking" in it's violence. I saw picture of the makeup being applied to Jim Caviezel and how the wounds were so open, fleshy, and bloody. So much of the controversy about this film has to do with it's bloodiness. And people want to act like it isn't necessary. But, "it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."

Instead of the blood of a slaughtered lamb, it was the blood of God's son. Instead of an altar of stones within the temple grounds, an altar was made of a public hillside. Over the centuries, the truth given to Moses is as true today as the day he presented it.

Postcript to Friday, Feb 20: I should have heeded this morning's devotion as a warning. I found myself becoming "intoxicated" with a extended period of success in an area in my life which God has working in me. Instead of remaining resolute in my conviction and attention to the issue, I found myself not paying attention and compromising what God had been doing in me. Order has been restored, repentance and forgiveness exercized, and a serious lesson learned.

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