April 26, 2018

Most of the jobs that people have are not exactly life or death. A simple error in what we do will not result in death for us or others. If short order cook forgets the cheese in the omelet the customer maybe upset but the mistake will not result in death.  A corporate lawyer may make a mistake that costs the company a lot of money but again the mistake is not fatal. A teacher might mix up your name with someone else but again the life of a person is not at stake. A cashier might forget to ring up the discount on your receipt but you will live to shop another day.

However there are some jobs where each day people take their own lives and the lives of others into their own hands. Commercial airline pilots, air traffic controllers, surgeons, parachute packers to name a few– these people have a job that must be done right or someone might die.

As we read Numbers 3 we find the focus on the ministry of the priests and Levites and they literally have ‘do or die’, ‘life or death’ service on behalf of the community. It they do not carry out their job correctly people die.

Numbers 3:5–10 (NLT) — 5 Then the Lord said to Moses, 6 “Call forward the tribe of Levi, and present them to Aaron the priest to serve as his assistants. 7 They will serve Aaron and the whole community, performing their sacred duties in and around the Tabernacle. 8 They will also maintain all the furnishings of the sacred tent, serving in the Tabernacle on behalf of all the Israelites. 9 Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants. 10 Appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out the duties of the priesthood. But any unauthorized person who goes too near the sanctuary must be put to death.”

Our God is sovereign and he is holy and he has a certain way that he wants to be worshipped. Deviating from that  way meant death. Is that cruel of God? Absolutely not! After all he is God and he knows what is best and what is good. And he knows that when he is feared sin isn’t allowed free reign. Remember in yesterday’s blog that people turned away from God because they had no ‘fearing hearing’?

Today most people believe that they can worship anyway they want to and the end result will be heaven. I have read many obituaries in the Fergus Journal where the goodness of a person was touted and then the words ‘and now he or she is enjoying heaven’. But nothing in the obituary ever mentioned the person’s relationship to Jesus.

God’s way of being worshipped is to first receive his Son Jesus as Lord and Savior. Without that first bowing in worship to Jesus death, both spiritual and eventually physical, would be the result.

Romans 3:23 (NLT) — 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

We as Christians have the ministry or job if you will of reconciliation. In other words we are to tell people about Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:18–21 (NLT) — 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

I had a friend in Burnsville who had recently retired and he was ready to move to his lake cabin up north. Before he went he was scheduled for back surgery to repair a herniated disc. Long story short the surgeon nicked an artery during the procedure. They couldn’t get the bleeding to stop and my friend died. It was just a little nick but it proved fatal.

So when we talk to people lets not leave out that little five letter name “Jesus”. If we do it could prove to be fatal. You see God has set the rules for how he wants to be worshipped and it all starts with his Son Jesus. Any other worship will prove to be fatal.

Acts 4:11–12 (NLT) — 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!