Is it bad to recreate holy things?
The instructions about the anointing oil and incense grabbed my attention today:
“It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy. Anyone who makes a blend like it or anoints someone other than a priest will be cut off from the community.” 30:32-33
God knows his people and knows that we are prone to wanting the image of holiness without the sacrifice or obedience.
Do you want a good reputation? To be trusted, sought-after and recognized? Have good character and make hard choices.
We can’t grab the holy incense and spritz it all over ourselves, hoping we suddenly resemble priests. Post-resurrection, the qualifications for priesthood are different than they were for the Israelites. But there are still qualifications.
Are you in good-standing with God? Is there something you need to reconcile with him?
Praise God for his son Jesus, who gives us all access to his holy essence.
(Lots of perfume references today, if you’re not reading along with us, things might seem weird.)