Responsibility

And the sons of Aaron, Nadav and Abihu, took [coals] from their censers and put them on the fire, and put on them incense, and they brought before ADONAI a strange fire, which he had not commanded them. And a fire came out from before ADONAI and consumed them and they died before ADONAI. And Moses said to Aaron, it is as the word of ADONAI said, “by my intimates [priests] I shall be sanctified and in the sight of all the people I will be honored,” and Aaron was silent.

[Lev. 10:1-3]

The priests are the intimates of God; since they have this intimacy, they may not use it for themselves and in secret, but only openly, and for the people.

The soldier is granted the power of death; since he has this power, he may not fight on his own account, but only for the safety of his country.

The king is granted rule over the land; since he has this authority, he may not use it for his own benefit, but only for the benefit of the people who are his responsibility.

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Published in: on December 26, 2004 at 02:48  Comments (6)  
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6 Comments

  1. Does this principle apply beyond the offices of Church and of State, or is this principle precisely what sets a life of service apart from the ordinary?

  2. Does this principle apply beyond the offices of Church and of State, or is this principle precisely what sets a life of service apart from the ordinary?

  3. Good question.

  4. Good question.

  5. I believe this should apply anywhere.

  6. I believe this should apply anywhere.


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