“And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;”
After the LORD killed Nadab and Abihu for offering strange fire, He commanded Moses to tell the priests that they were not to drink strong drink. The purpose of this command is found in the verse above when God says, “…that ye may put difference between holy and unholy…” God wanted His priests to be so clear-minded that they would not have any error in judgment when making decisions between right and wrong.
Let me remind you that if you are saved, you are a priest of God. God expects the same from you as a believer as He did from Aaron and his sons as they ministered in the temple. According to the verse above, God wants you to be clear-minded so that you can make a clear judgment between right and wrong. In other words, when God says that He wants His children to “put difference,” He is saying that He wants His children to be able to put a distinction between right and wrong. Let me give you several observations about the importance of putting difference or making a distinction.
First, a distinction gives clarity in judgment. It is much easier to make decisions when you make a distinction between right and wrong. One of the reasons you need to remove the gray areas in your life is because the gray areas cloud your judgment. When you put difference between right and wrong, you are making a distinction so that you can make a good decision. Bad decisions are often the result of no distinctions in life. Making things distinct always brings clarity to your ability to make a judgment between right and wrong.
Second, every person must make a distinction. It won’t always be easy to put difference between right and wrong in your life, but you must make a distinction if you want to avoid bad decisions. Too many people don’t have the stomach to say someone is bad, which always leads to bad associations. If you want to keep yourself from bad associations and from doing bad things, you are going to have to make distinctions in your life between right and wrong.
Third, you must remove the influences that hinder your ability to make a distinction. God told the priests that they couldn’t drink strong drink because He wanted them to have clarity in judgment. You must remove any influence that would harm your ability to make a clear distinction. Bad associations, wrong places, and reading the wrong material are often the influences that cloud your judgment. If you want clarity and distinction between right and wrong, you must remove any influence that blurs the lines in your life.
Fourth, a distinction helps you to teach better. In verse 11, God makes it clear that a distinction makes it easier to teach the next generation. The clearer the rules between right and wrong are, the easier it is to teach people the right way to live. It is when you blur the lines of right and wrong that confusion is manifested, and confusion always results in sin.
Fifth, a distinction gives you credibility. You will find your credibility rise with those whom you lead when you put difference between right and wrong. Your ability to make distinctions between right and wrong affects your ability to make right decisions; making right decisions always gives you credibility with those whom you lead. If you want to have the credibility to lead, you are going to have to put difference and make clear distinctions between right and wrong.