Nadab and Abihu
by Wayne Blank
Instructed And Trained
The Lord taught them what they were to do, and how they were to do it, and they agreed.
"And He said to Moses, "Come up to The Lord (see Mount Sinai), you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship afar off. Moses alone shall come near to The Lord; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him." Moses came and told the people all the words of The Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, "All the words which The Lord has spoken we will do." (Exodus 24:1-3 RSV)
Doing It Their Way
Not long afterward however, Nadab and Abihu made an offering to The Lord in defiance of His command. It cost them their lives.
"Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and offered unholy fire before The Lord, such as He had not commanded them. And fire came forth from the presence of The Lord and devoured them, and they died before The Lord."
A Vital Lesson For Christian-Professing People Today
The Holy Bible has three overall purposes:
God never left it up to humans to decide how to obey Him, but only if they will obey Him. God made us all free to do it His Way, or our way. Worshiping Him in His Way will lead to eternal life, worshiping Him in our way will have a very different result. In the Words of Jesus Christ:
"Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.'"
Fact Finder: Which of Aaron's obedient sons succeeded him as high priest?