Sunday, August 28 – Start of Week 6
By Rebecca Dauksas
What a contrast we have going on in the Hebrew camp in Leviticus chapter 24!
God is explaining what is required to honor Him through priestly worship. We visualize the tent of meeting and the priest in charge of the oil lamps. We can imagine the light radiating as Aaron tends the lamps on this golden lampstand continually throughout the night.
This huge, extraordinary lampstand with its seven lamps would light up the table of pure gold. I imagine the showbread and the smell of the incense placed beside the two stacks of bread. Each Sabbath the bread was set out on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant. Aaron and his sons would eat it in the sanctuary because it was a most holy part of their share of the food offerings presented to the Lord. I imagine the awesome communion with God in this very special place.
Yet outside a fight broke out in the camp. An Israelite was fighting with a son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse. The just punishment for blasphemy of the Name of God was the death penalty. This man chose to insult God and he suffered the consequences.
The Hebrews had a choice, just like we do. They could chose obedience or disobedience, right or wrong, to go God’s way or their way. God was giving instructions (even including holidays of joyous festivals) and showing His presence to everyone in the camp. One man chooses to insult Him, but others choose to learn of Him. We are also choosing to learn of Him as we move through the scriptures. We can look to God, spend time with Him, learn His requirements for our lives and make our relationship with Him our top priority. We can throw ourselves into God’s work and be followers of Christ. His promise for us doing this is His Love and Blessing!