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February 09, 2020: SOAP #3720:   Leviticus 10-12; Acts 16

Scripture: Leviticus (NIV) 10:8 Then the LORD saidto Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermenteddrink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is alasting ordinance for the generations to come.

10 You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the uncleanand the clean, 11 and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORDhas given them through Moses.”

Observation:  Therewas a different standard for the priests than for the other Israelites.  The Israelites could drink strong drink,although they clearly were not to be drunk. The priests were to be careful not to drink any wine or fermentedbeverages when they were ministering to the Lord.  (Note: believers today are a priesthood that is always on duty with the Lorddwelling in our hearts.) 

To the priests were given the responsibility (verses 10 & 11) to makejudgments between what was acceptable to God and what was not.  They were to serve the nation of Israel bymaking good judgments and for this they could not have their minds numbed bystrong drink.

Application:  Two things are of great importance, both for meand for the sake of those who read these SOAPs. It is important that I hear from God. I must be sensitive to the voiceof God, the Holy Spirit.

Also, of importance is that I be able to teach. I rely on the Holy Spirit to communicate clearly.  Those receiving the SOAPs must haveconfidence that God's words are being explained and applied correctly. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I am just a man, beset withlimitations.  The ministry you haveassigned me is far beyond my limited ability"but it is not beyond YourAbility!!!  Holy Spirit, I rely on you toquicken my thoughts and to communicate through these SOAPs.  Amen

Pastor Leon

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