Today’s Reading: Leviticus 9:7-10:20 (additional reading Psalm 37:30-40 and Proverbs 10:6-7)
Key Verse: “Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.” Leviticus 10:1
We have all been told at some point “Don’t play with fire!” Today we live in a world where everybody wants to do their own thing. Respect and following rules is something that has become obsolete! But we meet two people in our text today which really show us once more why we should not play with fire!
Leviticus 10:1 says, “Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.”
Ignorance and pride caused them to light the censers from the fire that Aaron used to boil the meat for the sacrifice. That made the fire in the censer unclean and displeased to God. Oftentimes we fail in the area of giving honour because pride tends to cloud our vision. Ignorance and pride led Aaron’s sons into a path of disobedience before God. They refused to operate in their given authority.
Leviticus 10:2, So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Disobedience carries a hefty price tag. That was non-negotiable. With our actions comes accountability.
We need to be careful to keep the things which God made Holy. We can’t play with his law and add to it our own ideas. We also shouldn’t look for shortcuts in the Christian life, but we should love the law of God.
The Hebrews word for the unauthorised fire is ‘zoor’ which would better be translated as ‘profine’ or adulterous’. This gives us an idea of how God views our actions when we go against what he says or get lazy with his law. It is like committing adultery.
I really love the passion that the psalmists have about God’s law. If you have the chance read through Psalm 119, it just full of passion for God’s commandments take verse 46 for example ‘How I delight in your commands! How I love them!’
You see very often we see God’s law or rules as something which stops us from having fun, or we can even sometimes foolishly think that we know better than God. If we learn to delight in his law, we will stop playing with fire and instead enjoy all its benefits and live the life God calls us to live.
- Is pride hindering the way you honour God and others?
- How do you view God’s law?
- How can you delight in God’s law?
Father, Thank You for Your law which is given to protect us and show us how to live a fruitful and blessed life. Help us to delight in Your Word, to have a passion for it and to live by it. In Jesus’ name, Amen