Summary of passage: God told Aaron after he was ordained to not drink before going into the tabernacle for you must be lucid in order to distinguish between the clean and unclean and teach all the Israelites the decrees. Moses tells Aaron what he can and cannot eat of the offerings. Moses gets angry at Aaron’s sons for not eating their portion of the sin offering, but Aaron explains that they used it for their sin offering to the Lord.
10a) Alcohol clouds the mind and leads people to do things they wouldn’t do if they were lucid. Ephesians says it leads to debauchery (excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures) and Romans says God is about righteousness and not revelry. Furthermore, it clouds the judgement and part of the priests job was to determine what was clean and unclean, holy and common, and be able to teach others the decrees. One cannot do this if they are impaired.
b) Acts says you will be witnesses for God and Ephesians says you will speak to one another with psalms and songs and sing and make music to the Lord and be always grateful to Him for everything. We are wholly His.
11a) They are to take the leftovers that the Lord does not command for Himself for themselves.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Tithing. Doing things for my spiritual mentors that demonstrate my appreciation. Praying. Lending a helping hand when needed.
12a) Because Aaron was in mourning for the death of his sons, Nadab and Abihu.
b) Hezekiah says that even if the rules are not followed to a T, may the Lord pardon the people for their hearts are pure and seeking Him and the Lord did.
c) Personal Question. My answer: To each his own. We all have a different way of worshipping the Lord and as long as our hearts are pure, God accepts it and us. Be open to all forms of worship for the Lord is and do not pass judgment on differences which the Lord gave each and every one of us in His infinite wisdom. He loves it and so should we!
Conclusions: I liked this lesson. The wisdom of not drinking to have a clear mind. The reminder that God accepts all and so should we. The importance of a pure heart for Him. Good stuff!
The only confusion was question 12 for Leviticus is not very clear here. Aaron and his sons committed a sin by not eating the sin offering because it went directly against God’s commands. The question was asked to the sons but Aaron answered, leading us to believe it was under Aaron’s direction that they didn’t eat the sin offering. Aaron says he is in mourning for his other sons, which Moses accepts as a reasonable explanation. The Chronicles passage highlights God’s forgiveness since the heart is right. The personal question of c merges parts a and b. Aaron was worshipping the Lord in performing the sin offering, but he did it his way out of his grief.
End Notes: Being on the heels of God’s judgment of Nadab and Abihu, this leads us to believe they may have been drunk when they offered up unauthorized fire to the Lord. Alcohol is a depressant, a substance that alters the mind. God wants all of us, especially when worshipping Him.
Verses 16-20 were confusing for me. Basically, Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, didn’t eat the sin offering that they were supposed to eat. They normally eat it as their portion. Here, Aaron explains to Moses that he was in mourning over the death of his others sons, Nadab and Abihu, which was allowed. Moses was satisfied with this answer.