OBEDIENCE – dont be careless about


Leviticus 10
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. (New International Version)
What was the unholy fire that Nadab and Abihu offered before God? Leviticus 6:12,13 mentions that the fire on the altar of burnt offering was never to go out, implyimng that it was holy. It is possible that Nadab and Abihu brought coals of fire to the altar from another source, making the sacrifice unholy. It has also been suggested that the two priests gave an offering at an unprescribed time.Whatever explanation is correct, the point is Nadab and Abihu abused their office as priests in a flagrant act of disrespect to God, who had just reviewed with them precisely how they were to conduct worship.

As leaders, they had special responsibility to obey God because they were they were in a position where they could easily lead many people astray.

Aaron’s sons were careless about following the laws for sacrifices. In response, God destroyed them with a blast of fire.

Performing that sacrifices were an act of obedience. Doing them correctly showed respect for God.

It is easy for us to grow careless about obeying God. Some of Gods commands are simple to obey.

Others, require more careful attention.

Disobedience to God always brings correction.

Thank you. Be blessed!

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