Holy to the Lord













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Holy to the Lord

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Fire came forth from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the blaze, for they are holy;" Numbers 16:35-37

Our text is taken from the story of Korah who led 250 men into rebellion against God. Korah was a Levite priest who was well respected by the people and when the Lord struck him and his companions they blamed Moses and Aaron. Korah was not satisfied with merely being a priest but wanted the High Priesthood which God had reserved for Aaron and his sons. These men had convinced themselves that they had as much right to the High Priesthood as Aaron saying, -"You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, . . .so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?"

Perhaps we should define "holy" before we continue - to be holy means to be separated or set apart by God. Contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with being righteous although holy people are called to holy righteousness.

Things can be holy such as the censers mentioned in our text and even places like the land of promise. The children of Israel were holy to the Lord because God had separated them from the other nations, but as a whole they never walked in holy righteousness. But as there are degrees of separation and ordination, there are degrees of holiness.

 All the Israelite tribes, being separated from the nations were declared holy to the Lord, but the tribe of Levi was separated from the other tribes as holy priests, and then Aaron and his sons were even further separated and anointed to the High Priesthood. Moses understood this and replied, -"Hear, now, you sons of Levi, is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel. . .And are you seeking for the (High) priesthood also?. . .Do this; take censers for yourselves, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the Lord tomorrow; and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the one who is holy." Since Korah and his mighty men of renown were holy Israelites and holy Levitical priests, we can safely assume that Moses is referring to who has been separated as holy for the High Priesthood.

 I am sadden every time I read this story. Here are holy men standing with holy censers before a holy God, and it results in God sending fire from heaven to consume them. According to the book of Revelation, incense represents the prayers of the faithful, so these men were standing in prayerful expectation of being declared holy to the Lord, yet they were burned to ashes as profane and only their censers remained holy.

 Because of human reasoning and human philosophy, these men deceived themselves and stepped into rebellion. They failed to acknowledge that Aaron was holy to the Lord. They had convinced themselves that there was no difference between them and Aaron, but they were dead wrong.

God has declared angels, people, things, places and times as being holy to the Lord and no amount of human reasoning or human philosophy can ever change that fact. However, what does remain is who is going to acknowledge what is holy to the Lord and who is not. Will you stand with Korah or with Moses?



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