Leviticus 10 Sin and Punishment of Aaron’s Sons

Apr 25, 2014  |  Leviticus, Old Testament  |  No Comments

The Shocking Death of Nadab and Abihu

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This passage takes me by surprise.  After bathing in the wonder and glory of the LORD in chapter 9, this passage is a wake-up call, that although God desires to have fellowship with us, He is still holy and we must approach Him with fear and reverence.  What is “strange fire”?  It could be several things – sacrifice of something not specified, idolatry of some sort, or some have postulated perhaps drunkenness on the part of the priests while they are providing the sacrifice.  It was egregious enough that Aaron remained silent and told his remaining sons not to mourn in the traditional way.  It was also not commanded by God, so they were going their own way instead of following God’s commands.

I think of the way churches today are often so very casual in their relationship to God.  We need to remember that although God is a loving and merciful God, He is also a holy God and to be treated with the utmost humility and reverence.  May we never forget this and conscientiously seek to walk with Him in holiness.

God’s New Commandment – No Strong Drink in the Tent of Meeting

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God gives Moses an additional commandment – not to drink wine or strong drink in the tent of meeting.  It was a serious command, to be followed lest they die, it was a perpetual command and it was a symbolic command.  This command was to distinguish the sacred from the profane, the clean from the unclean and was to provide a basis for teaching the law of God to Israel.

Even in Grief Priests Are to Make Offerings to the LORD

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Although the remaining passage was between Moses, Aaron and Aaron’s two remaining sons, we can learn something about God here.  Even in the midst of grief, Moses commanded the priests to offer sacrifices and eat what was offered in the holy place. When we are grieving, we should seek God’s comfort first and foremost.  We need to acknowledge His holiness, but know that our greatest comfort will come from Him.  When Aaron and his sons didn’t have the heart to eat of the sin offering from the people, God was merciful and accepted them in their grief.

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