HOW THE PRIEST SHOULD CONDUCT THEMSELVES
Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying: “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses.” And Moses spoke to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons who were left: “Take the grain offering that remains of the offerings made by fire to the Lord, and eat it without leaven beside the altar; for it is most holy. You shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due, of the sacrifices made by fire to the Lord; for so I have been commanded. The breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering you shall eat in a clean place, you, your sons, and your daughters with you; for they are your due and your sons’ due, which are given from the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel. The thigh of the heave offering and the breast of the wave offering they shall bring with the offerings of fat made by fire, to offer as a wave offering before the Lord. And it shall be yours and your sons’ with you, by a statute forever, as the Lord has commanded.”(Leviticus 10:8-15).
The first instruction in the scripture above made it mandatory for the priest of God not to drink wine or any intoxicating drink when they go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest they die. God knows the influence of this intoxicating drink in our body and therefore they are to stay away from this drink so they can hear when the Lord is speaking to them and also be able to differentiate between holy and unholy things. Proverbs 20:1 says “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Wine makes one loses his sense of judgment and can even make one engage in noisy fight or quarrel. Any minister who subjects himself to this habit is not worthy of the office. A minister must wait to receive from God and therefore must be in total submission to the will of God and stay in His presence to receive for the people. It is a statute that God commanded Aaron and his sons. God is Holy and every one that must come before Him must be in that state in order to receive from Him. Today, only God knows the way the preachers conduct themselves when they come before the Lord, but if they conduct themselves in an unworthy manner, they have themselves to blame because it means they still allow the flesh to control them. A carnal-minded person can not please God.
As we have learnt in earlier section, Aaron and his sons and even daughters were entitled to the parts of the offering made by fire to the Lord. Some they have to eat in the holy place and some in a clean place, because it is their entitlement. What ever that is brought to God as offering (not the sin offering), the breast, and the thigh are for the priests. On a daily basis can we estimate the number of such offerings that will be brought to God and automatically belong to them after the offering is made. Therefore ministers of God have been provided for in a way to make them focus only on God and nothing else. This was also to remove distractions and greed from their lives. If one engages so much on material things, they represent “Lusts”, that is lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life, the Bible says, they are not of the Father, but of the world.(1 John 2:16). Every minister of God should keep away from these worldly things that can make one lose one’s purpose or destiny. May the Lord keep our focus on things that are eternal and of more value than temporary things that are not profitable. If we gain the whole world and lose our soul, what can we exchange it with? I pray that all of us will have the awareness that Heaven is Real and we must do everything necessary to enter therein on the last day in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!