Episode 10

Published on:

1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 10

Book of Leviticus #10

Following the consecration of Aaron and his sons, we come face-to-face with the strange death of two priests: Nadab and Abihu; Aaron's sons.

Scripture is unremitting when it comes to the Holiness of God and His Sanctuary. No sooner had Aaron and his sons been consecrated, that Nadab and Abihu went before the altar of incense and used a "strange fire." What that fire was, the Bible does not tell us, presumably because its origin is of less importance than its use: to use any fire but the fire burning on the altar of sacrifices is a capital offense.

This incident is of great relevance for us, modern readers of the Bible on two fronts. First, it reminds us of the importance God attaches to the Liturgy (the Mass): the priest should not neglect the slightest detail, nor omit any part required by the Church, otherwise, Saint Augustine points out, he shall suffer great torments.

What about us, the lay folks? Are we exempt? Saint Peter reminds us that we too are priests, prophets, and kings in that we have a share with Christ. While this share is not sacerdotal in nature, it is nonetheless valid. When confronted with the punishment meted to Nadab and Abihu, we may be inclined to side with them, thinking their fate was unjust because, somehow, using incense from a strange fire and being burned by fire seems disproportionate to our own self-centered sense of justice.

In studying this part of the Book of Leviticus, we will reflect on this theme in particular and come to understand why the judgment of God was just in that case and what it means for us when we celebrate Mass.

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About the Podcast

The Book of Leviticus
The Mosaic Law
The Book of Leviticus is known as the Law, that is the Law that Moses -- not God -- gave to his people in the wake of the golden calf and the rejection of the Ten Commandments. The Law is inextricably bound to the Levitical priesthood instituted at the same time.

It is common for readers of the Bible to skip Leviticus, or to skim over it quickly: its detailed listing of seemingly inscrutable laws have very little in common with our daily lives. Further, there are commentators who suggest that the purpose of the Book of Leviticus was for Israel and Israel only, but now that the sacrificial system of the Temple does not hold anymore, the book has nothing substantial or meaningful to offer us.
Nevertheless, within Catholic Tradition, Leviticus holds a place of pride because it is a foreshadowing of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
This in-depth study of Leviticus will help you to:

Understand what God has always intended the Mass to be.
Deepen your appreciation for the efficacy of the Eucharist, and
Lead you into a deeper devotion to the Lord hidden in the Eucharist.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.