It’s taken a while, but finally the story of the Israelites starts to move on. For the past few days we’ve heard a lot about how God spoke to Moses (in very great detail!), and then how Moses spoke to his people (in the same detail!).
Leviticus 10 is when the narrative begins to move on. The Tabernacle has been defiled. First, two of Aaron’s sons did not follow the letter of the Law about burning incense and are both immediately consumed by the Lord’s fire. Then, the goat which had been offered as a sacrifice for sin was not eaten in the Holy area as the Lord had commanded. Moses is furious! And so am I! We’ve just had a lot of Exodus and 10 chapters of Leviticus telling us how the Tabernacle was to be built and purified. And in a short time, those troublesome Israelites have disobeyed the Law!
Mark 4 tells us about some of the Parables Jesus used. But still the disciples need to have everything spelled out for them. One day, out on the lake, there is a storm and they fear the boat will sink. They wake Jesus and he stills the storm with a word. But then he turns to the disciples (4:40) “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 5 begins with the story we had in Matthew of the man possessed by a legion of demons. The demons beg Jesus not to send them off. He commands them to enter a herd of pigs. They do so and the pigs, 2000 of them, then throw themselves into the lake. Interestingly, in Mark’s version, the cleaned man then begs Jesus to be allowed to follow him. Jesus says, (5:19) “No, go home to your family…”
Psalm 37 continues to offer hope. (37:39) “The Lord rescues the godly, he is their fortress in times of trouble.”
And this theme continues in Proverbs 10, verse 7 says: “We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.”