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Action: the Difference Between Real and Not Real

Jeremie Webb

Today’s Torah Devotional from Leviticus 8:1-13
The Third Book of the Torah, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called.”
This weeks reading is, “Tzav,” “Command”

Today’s reading begins with GOD telling Moses/Moshe to “Take Aaron along with his sons, the vestments, the anointing oil, the sin offering bull, the two rams and the basket of unleavened bread.’

‘Gather the entire community at the entrance of the communion Tent.”

Moses does as GOD commanded and the community assembles at the Communion Tent’s entrance.

Moses addresses the people telling them “This is what GOD has commanded to be done.”

He then proceeds to bring forth Aaron and his sons, immersing them in a mikvah.

He then dresses Aaron with the tunic, the belted sash, placed the robe on him, the ephod over it, girds him with the ephod’s belt and tightens it on him.

Moses continues, placing the breastplate on the ephod, the Urim and Thumim in the breastplate, then places the turban on Aaron’s head, just below the turban he places the gold forehead plate as a sacred coronet. All done just as GOD had commanded.

Moshe then takes the anointing oil and anoints the tabernacle and everything in it, sanctifying it all as GOD had commanded.

He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar, seven times, than anointed the altar and all of its utensils, sanctifying them.

Moshe then pours some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anoints him to sanctify him. He then brought forth Aarons’ sons, dressing them in tunics, girding them with sashes and fitting them with hats, just as GOD had commanded.

Here we are reading the account of all that Moshe did in the way of carrying out GOD’s commandments concerning the opening, or the consecrating of all that HE had commanded in the previous scriptures.

Whats very interesting here is, GOD had given very detailed information to Moshe concerning HIS Tabernacle and the sanctification of all its pieces as well as HIS priest.

These details, commandments of GOD, really were mere words until Moshe put them into action.

Moshe has gathered the community, as GOD commanded, as witnesses to all that HE instructed.

Moshe has taken the words of the Lord and put them into action.

This is the Key Point we can learn from here.

The Word of GOD is useless until we make the decision to take up HIS Words and put them into action.

The issue arises when we take GOD’s words and make them our own by justifying them, re-interpreting them, or flat out disregarding the actual words for the sake of our own agenda.

The Word of GOD is HIS instruction for how to live as one of HIS people.

There is no place where he has allowed for “justification” of HIS word to suit our own comfort, our own agenda or our own purpose.

We have a responsibility as believers to uphold the Word of GOD with everything in us, not for our own gratification but for HIS.

Once we begin traveling down the slippery slope of twisting HIS words for our own purpose, we begin separating ourselves from HIM completely.

Fortunately HE has made a way of escape, if we find the error of our ways, or receive correction from others, we can find our way back to HIM.

HE has given us HIS instructions, clearly, concise and consistent.

Knowing the Word of GOD is one thing, putting it into action is something else.

We know that faith without works is dead, according to the Word of GOD. Therefore we know, by that same Word, that GOD expects Action be given by us to HIS commandments.

We must make the decision to live HIS Word everyday, multiple times a day.

Having the opportunity to know HIM through HIS Word is the greatest privilege of all time.

Why then do we find ourselves simply “going through the motions?”

There is such great fulfillment and excitement in putting the Word of GOD into Action in our lives.

Why would we settle for anything less?

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