10. a. Not drinking wine while on duty serves several practical purposes:
- Wine and strong drink especially in excess could cause them to lose focus both mentally and spiritually.
- Drinking may lower their inhibitions and resolve.
- Less able to “distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean.”
- They would be unable or less able to teach.
- There were many details to remember. They must be done correctly.
- Inability to maintain control of the animal sacrifices, fire, large pots of water, etc. could be dangerous to the priests and the tabernacle fixtures.
- God said they would die.
b. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit–
- We receive power.
- We will be God’s witnesses in our home town, state, country and beyond.
- We should drink in the new wine of the Spirit.
- We should speak and sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with each other and within our own hearts. The Message Bible says in Ephesians 5:19-21—“Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.”
11. a. The priests’ daily needs would be met by–
receiving a designated portion of the animals, grain, oil and wine offerings and sacrifices. The hides of some animals were theirs as well.
b. Today, we usually support those who teach and disciple us with gifts of money.
We also help through volunteering our business services, giving home-grown vegetables, furniture, clothing, or other items.
When I was a teenager, a retired missionary couple who lived in our neighborhood, regularly left us a big bag of vegetables from their large garden. (My dad was a full-time minister.)
12. a. Aaron did not eat the sin offering that day because–
Aaron’s sons whose service God rejected. Aaron discerned the sacrifice was unclean. Therefore, eating it would not redeem Aaron or the people.
Aaron did not eat the sin offering because he believed the Lord would not be pleased. His sons presented the sin and burnt offerings that day and died. Aaron must have felt their improper behavior meant the sacrifices they offered were not acceptable to God. Therefore, it would not be proper for him to eat of it.
In Hezekiah’s case, the sacrifice was acceptable to God. Hezekiah recognized only the priests should eat it but prayed asking God to allow the people to eat it.
c. When I gather with others to worship–
Praise and worship is my favorite part of gathering with other believers. When I make the choice, I choose gatherings based on my desire to worship in an atmosphere where the time of worship is a priority and uninterrupted.
My worship, unfortunately, reflects the posture of the other worshipers. My heart’s desire is to experience His presence.
Many groups don’t really worship. At least they don’t praise and worship as exuberantly as I do. They look like an audience watching a concert and singing along when it’s their turn. They seem to lack the desire or freedom to worship, in my view.
If I really get into praise and worship in that type of setting, I feel like it’s inappropriate. I notice others are staring.
Should I not care and just go for it? Should I be like David who didn’t care what Michal thought?
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These are my answers–not THE answers to the study questions.