What practical key life learnings can we glean from the lives of Nadab and Abihu?
Context (Leviticus 8-10): Nadab and Abihu were the sons of Aaron and nephews of Moses. They grew up watching the miracles of God rescuing God’s people from Egypt, walking through the Red Sea and the holiness of God displayed on Mt. Sinai in the holy cloud and giving of the 10 commandments. As Levites, they were selected to be priests along with their father Aaron. However they did not respect the holiness of God nor His clear instructions on how to handle the holy instruments that priests used. The consequences were fiery, instant and shocking to all.
Key Life Learnings:
- Do not treat the holiness of God casually (Leviticus 10:1-3): Nadab and Abihi did not use the proper fire in their censers before the Lord, they used their own censers and not the special ones, they burnt the offering in the censer that only the High Priest was supposed to do. In short, they disregarded God’s explicit commands and therefore His holiness and paid for it with their lives. God has given to us the way of holiness when we come into His presence. We have only to receive the cleansing of our hearts through the blood of Christ and then we can enjoy His wonderful presence. If we abuse His holiness and turn from Him, He will graciously allow us to go our own way without Him and experience the consequences.
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