Numbers Part 3 – Aaron, the Priest Line between Life and Death

This section is one of my favorites from the whole Bible. God is teaching Moses and Aaron to represent Him with self-sacrificing compassion. He Himself is going to die for people that grumble against Him, and here He is doing a little bit of that kind of training on Moses and Aaron.

 

Ain’t No Circumcisions Happening in Sodom, Abraham

In Genesis 17-18 there are two contrasts that should not be overlooked.

What is going on with the private parts of Abraham vs. the men of Sodom?

Ishmael is 13, Abraham 99, Sarah is 90. We don’t know how old Hagar is. God tells Abraham to circumcise every man in the house. That is a big deal! These are grown men! And once that happens it is 3 months before Sarah is pregnant!Circumcision in the primitive world was and is an extremely risky business. Now there are machines and tools and anesthetic, but to a man then it was flint knives, topical pain killer (maybe) and blood! Plus the risk of doing something wrong and being permanently harmed, or a painful infection, or both one after another.

Circumcision in the primitive world was and is an extremely risky business. Now there are machines and tools and anesthetics, but to a man then it was flint knives, topical pain killer (maybe) and blood! Plus the risk of doing something wrong and being permanently harmed, or a painful infection, or both one after another.So Abraham submits to it as do all the men in the house. It was a rough month that week.

So Abraham submits to it as do all the men in the house. It was a rough month that week.In the mean time, over in Sodom, men are doing whatever they want with their privates. When the visitors come to the city, all the men that hang out in the square just about

In the mean time, over in Sodom, men are doing whatever they want with their privates. When the visitors come to the city, all the men that hang out in the square just about riot over wanting to rape the visitors.A riot! Because they can’t rape the visitors to the town!

A riot! Because they can’t rape the visitors to the town!>but before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.

but before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.

These men were under the savage control of their sexual desires. These guys would have never circumcised themselves for the Lord. They would never take the risk of pain or infection or death or giving up their sexual abilities. They wouldn’t even give up the pleasure for a night for the sake of righteous abstinence, much less the month of circumcision pain and recovery!

What do we live for today, men? You can’t watch a football game without a bikini commercial for salad dressing and you can’t read a blog post without some cleavage in the sidebar ad!

Be inspired by the faith of Abraham. He put it ALL on the line, and a year later was only the beginning of God giving him what God had fully promised.