IC@MK Sunday Service (2 Aug 2020)

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Posted by International Church at Mont Kiara on Saturday, 1 August 2020


Who is our God? – Holy (Leviticus)

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Good morning again, brothers and sisters, as we look to hear from God’s word now. Please turn in your Bibles to Leviticus. That’s the third book in the Old Testament after Genesis and Exodus, we will be in Leviticus this morning. Before everything in our world turned digital and all communication became electronics. It used to be that whenever you purchased a new appliance or got a new toy, along with it came a thick instruction manual. This here is that manual for the photocopy machine, we keep right here in the office and reading the instruction tells you how to use the device, how the appliance functions. Now, if you can see here, this looks long and it looks boring, but I’m sure I’d be able to use the photocopier much better, if I actually took the time to read it. You could say that Leviticus is kind of like an instruction manual. Last week we covered the final section of the Book of Exodus, where we saw God giving the people the Tabernacle, the Holy Temple where God would meet with his people. But as we come out to the next book, Leviticus, we find that the people of Israel couldn’t just walk into this Tabernacle any time they want to and do whatever they felt like. No, what we find in Leviticus is that if this Tabernacle was used incorrectly, there would be consequences. Serious consequences, much more serious than wasted ink and paper. In fact, the consequence could even be death, in the middle of Leviticus. There’s just this short story we read in Leviticus 10:1-2, Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offer unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded him. And the fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Nadab and Abihu were priests, sons of Aaron, the high priest. Apparently, they had read Leviticus instructions manual or if they have, they just flat out ignored it. They dishonor God in their use of the Tabernacle and God killed them. Why such a severe response? Because our God is holy. This Sunday is the final message in this sermon series entitled, “Who Is Our God?” We’ve been having kind of a drone camera overview. A picture of the first 3 books of the Bible, we mentioned it’s helpful to kind of have a big picture understanding of these books. And as we’ve worked through the past five Sundays, we’ve been slowly building our understanding of who God is, passage after passage. We also mentioned the first book of the Bible could be seen as like an artist sketching or drawing where each new frame that’s drawn laying upon the previous ones gives us a fuller picture of what we’re studying. So, first, it was God with Adam and Eve, God is a creator and judge, with Abraham, God is a promise maker in the Book of Exodus. God is a rescuer and God as a Lawgiver last 2 weeks. Last week, God lives, He is present with his people.