There are moments in God’s word that bring astonishment, and Leviticus 10 opened my eyes about being cavalier in our calling as priests in the kingdom of God. Viewing God as always loving without respecting his majesty might be a mistake. Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, made that mistake and paid for it with their lives. The rituals of the Tabernacle were very new, and they were still learning; however, Moses had taught them what God expected and may have thought that their position exempted them from following God’s specific rules, similar to what I’ve heard some Christians use as an excuse to go ahead without permission and ask forgiveness later. That’s a bad idea and reprehensible behavior that is unbecoming of a Christ follower. If you think that God only zapped people dead in the Old Testament, remember Ananias and Sapphira, who dropped dead after lying to the disciples about how much money they got for their land? I’ve had to repent for disrespecting God’s deity and honoring him as he deserves. Yes, he is loving, but we must respect him as our Almighty Father rather than treating him as a fellow human; he expects more from us. God is not to be toyed with.
Today is The Day of Atonement. I’ve confessed to God for not showing him all due respect, honoring his majesty, and not taking my position seriously. I’m not sure why I’m still alive. I’ve repented and will try diligently not to dishonor him by my lack of respect for his position. I’m thankful he brought it to my attention so I can do better. What do you need to confess and repent to honor Jesus today on this special day?
Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Leviticus 10:1-2
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16