The purpose of Gods laws is to teach us how to distinguish between right and wrong, the sacred from the common, the clean from the unclean. Aaron’s sons were careless about following the laws for sacrifices. In response, God destroyed them with a blast of fire. Performing the sacrifices was an act of obedience. Doing them correctly showed respect for God. It is easy for us to grow careless about obeying God, to live our way instead of God’s. But if one way were just as good as another, God would not have commanded us to live his way. We always place ourselves in danger when we consciously or carelessly disobey Him.
2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord
God does not shield believers from difficult circumstances, but he tests both the righteous and the wicked. For some, God’s tests become a refining fire, while for others they become an incinerator for destruction. Don’t ignore or defy the tests and challenges that come your way. Use them as opportunities for you to grow.
5 The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbour; they flatter with their lips but harbour deception in their hearts.
3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue— 4 those who say “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”
We may be tempted to believe that some lies are relatively harmless, even useful at times. But God does not overlook lies, flattery, deception or boasting. Each of these sins originates from a bad attitude that is eventually expressed in our speech. The tongue can be our greatest enemy because, though small, it can do great damage. Be careful how you use yours….
God’s form of retaliation is most effective and yet difficult to do. By returning good for evil, we are acknowledging God as the balancer of all accounts and trusting him to be the judge.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
1 Thessalonians 4
Because Jesus came back to life, so will all believers. Do not despair when loved ones die or world events take a tragic turn, God will turn our tragedies into triumphs. And we will all be reunited and united with Him for ever and ever. Amen
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.