Reading: Leviticus 10:1-11
Parents: “Candle Children” was written by Bruce S. Wright and published in his book, The Children’s Six Minutes. The book was published in 1922 and is now out of print, but it is available free online.
Introduction: Today’s reading teaches us several things about what God expected from His priests. Why were Nadab and Abihu punished? What were the special things that God commanded of Moses?
There is something about a candle we all love. We have our clear gas lights and our still more brilliant electric bulbs, but when the birthday comes we want a cake with candles on it….
First of all [a] candle speaks of Symmetry. How perfectly formed is this candle! It is smooth, there are no rough places that stand out…. Your life should have symmetry. God asks you to give heed to your physical, your mental and your spiritual duties that your life may be well rounded, a life of beautiful symmetry.
Second, [a] candle stands for Fragrance…. There are some children we do not like to have around, they are surly, sulky and mean. There are others we dearly love to have with us at all times. They have what I call fragrance. They have the fragrance of thoughtfulness, the sweetness of unselfishness…
[Finally], the candle stands for Light. It is useless until the wick is lighted. It burns for others. Your life is a light. Jesus wants all Christians to think of themselves as lights in the world. “Let your light shine.” Be a lighted candle for the Lord.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light….
2 Peter 2:9
For Further Study:
- Aaron’s sons were priests in the Old Testament. Christians are priests in the New Testament. Many things in the Old Testament was really just a “shadow” or pattern for what He was really going to do in the New Testament. Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day – things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2:16-17. We can read about more shadows and what they were meant to teach us:
Temple ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19
Sabbath rest ~ Hebrews 4:9-11
Incense ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; Revelation 5:8
Sacrifice ~ Ephesians 5:1-2; Romans 12:1
Flood & ark ~ 1 Peter 3:20-21
- List the names of other religions/denominations that you have learned about. What do they practice that would seem “strange” to God? Do you know the Scripture that tells you why these things are strange, or is it just because it’s not what you are used to practicing? It’s OK if you don’t know; you’re still learning and growing. But, pray to God to help you keep learning His Word so that you can learn what would be acceptable to Him.