Partakers Bible Thought
13 October 2021
Leviticus 10:1-11 Great Judgement
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorised 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. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, ‘This is what the LORD spoke of when he said:
‘“Among those who approach me I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people I will be honoured.”’
Aaron remained silent.
4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, ‘Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.’ 5 So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered.
6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, ‘Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire. 7 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the LORD’s anointing oil is on you.’ So they did as Moses said.
8 Then the LORD said to Aaron, 9 ‘You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.’ (Leviticus 10:1-11)
In the podcast yesterday from Leviticus 9, we saw a scene of exuberant joy and where fire represented God’s presence and spoke of His love, warmth, purity and blessing upon His people.! Today though we see fire representing God but a very different outcome! Here in the very next scene from Leviticus 10:1-11, the fire represents a different aspect of God’s presence through his active holiness and therefore danger and judgement.
Come on in and let us look together at Leviticus 10:1-11, which causes a lot of people today some problems.. Together we explore questions such as: Who were Nadab and Abihu? What was their role to be? Why did they come under God’s judgement? What had they done wrong? What can we say about God from this passage? How did Aaron react? What can we make of this ancient scene? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about this scene of exuberant joy from Leviticus 10:1-11