“And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: and that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.” Leviticus 10:8-11 (KJV)
Just this morning I wept over the craze of people of the U. S. of A. over the beverage alcohol. I mean we are inundated with commercials on television, radio, and some “good” people who swear by a good shot of whiskey. My thought is, (and I am biased toward not drinking the beverage) that a clear mind will begin by choosing; while non-inebriated; to refuse the drink.
There is a lot of sad events taking place in our world. Drunkenness, from both drink, and drugs; and then there are drug addictions from opioids legally prescribed by physicians. In the world we live in today it is an imperative that the Christian have a clear mind.
Now to the text above. This commandment from God comes shortly following a tragic event when Nadab and Abihu two of the sons of Aaron were slain in the tabernacle when they entered with what chapter 10 verse 1 says that they “Offered strange fire”. They entered in an unholy fashion, against God’s prescribed, commanded way; and they were slain for their misconduct.
I do not think it is a mistake to place the blame for this on the entering into the tabernacle under the influence of beverage alcohol, and even drunk; thus not thinking clearly. Some will say that law was only given for when they entered the tabernacle or temple, and that it has no application for the Christian today. Let me give you some thoughts on that matter.
- As Christians we are always living in the presence of holy God; therefore we ought to always have a clean, clear mind for Christ;
- We are the holy children of God, and witnesses to everyone who sees us; therefore we ought to always have a clear mind;
- Just like with the priests of Israel we have the responsibility of teaching our children, grandchildren, and others the law, the love, mercy, and grace of God; therefore we must have a clear mind.
Let me end by giving some New Testament references on the “clear” or “sober” mind; Romans 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8; 1 Timothy 3:2, 11; 2 Timothy 4:5; Titus 2:2; 1 Peter 1:13; 4:7; 5:8.
I have chosen from a young age to abstain from anything that would cause me to think without clarity. I have a hard enough time thinking without putting something in me that would hinder what thinking abilities I do have. The choice is yours.
We will all give an account to God for our own choices. You decide.
Reading for February 06, 2018: Leviticus 11 – 12