“A hog in a silk waistcoat is still a hog.” – Charles H. Spurgeon
“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly” – Proverbs 26:11
We expect things to act according to their nature, and when they don’t we wonder why. A frog crowing like a rooster would turn more than a few heads. A few years ago we were at a nearby park, and some kids showed up with a baby piglet. This pig was all prettied up with a tutu and everything. The kids thought it was the greatest thing ever, but in the back of my mind I was thinking “good grief… it’s a pig”! We can pretend like something is different than what it is, but that doesn’t change its nature. You can treat a dog like a human all you want, but it will still do what dogs do. According to Proverbs, that dog will eat its vomit because it is a dog… the only way you will change that behavior is to make it something other than a dog (which is impossible).
I wonder if there are nonbelievers who see the self-proclaimed child of God and wonder, “I didn’t think Christian’s did that”? As Christians we claim to have a new nature, old things passed away, but many still act as if they are unsaved. These professing Christians say they possess Christ and yet act like they are still in their fallen condition on a regular basis.
Remember that Leviticus is a book about Holiness and being set apart to God. Leviticus teaches us that there is a major difference between holy and unholy, clean and unclean, right and wrong, atoned and in sin. The people couldn’t just do as they pleased, and the priest especially needed to follow the commandments of God exactly. We have an unfortunate story in chapter ten where Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire and did contrary to God’s instruction. In Chapters eight and nine the phrase “did as the LORD commanded” is used ten times! The priest were to be holy, but why?
The set apart, holy, attributes of the priest is clearly seen even in their attire. These were men that belonged to God, and were given completely to the Lord to do His will. A detailed description of the priestly garments is given in Exodus 28. Aaron’s High Priestly garment was meant for glory and beauty, and was a symbol to all that he was God’s man… set apart to God’s work. (WATCH video below about the priestly garments, VERY INTERESTING)
Oil is poured onto Aaron’s head, anointing him as High Priest. It must have been a significant amount because Psalm 133:2 records, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for breather to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments:”
Three offerings are made to sanctify and consecrate the priest (sin, burnt, and peace). A weird step is taken on the peace offering; blood is smeared on the right ear, thumb, big toe, and clothes of Aaron and his sons. This blood smearing showed these men were clear and clean and able to make sacrifice. One author said, “The priest must have consecrated ears ever to listen to God’s holy voice; consecrated hands at all times to do holy deeds; and consecrated feet to walk evermore in holy ways.”
Finally, a meal of dedication was made, and a seven day purification process was undergone. Seven is the number of completion, and these men were made complete and perfect (mature) during this time.
Sinful man cannot enter the holy presence of God. God separated out a people to be holy unto Him, sanctified and set apart. To be sanctified simply means set apart, made holy, consecrated. To accomplish this goal, God set up the priest who would lead God’s people in being holy.
Today we no longer have priest or make sacrifices. The perfect sacrifice has been made in Christ Jesus, and now we have the priesthood of the believer. YOU CAN GO DIRECTLY TO GOD ON YOUR OWN! Peter calls believers “…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” 1 Peter 2:9. Again Peter says, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. We could simply say it this way, you are sanctified to lived sanctified, saved to act saved, made holy to live holy.
God miraculously saved you and made you a new creature, now act like it. He has given you everything you need to live godly and holy in this present world. You may stumble and fall, but get back up, live righteously, live holy. How can you live sanctified today? What things need to be removed from your life, and what things need to be added?
Daily Scripture Reading
Leviticus 8 - 10
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;”