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The death of Nadab and Abihu provides the modern Christian with an interesting glimpse into the lives of the first priests of the Israelite people while in the Sinai wilderness. Moses is still alive and is serving as spiritual leader who is in direct communication with God. Aaron and his sons are the newly ordained priests with specific instructions from God via Moses regarding how to conduct worship and the various offerings. In this chapter, Nadab and Abihu die after putting incense in their censers. Incense was forbidden and both were consumed by fire from God. This type of fire was said to be unholy fire, and the died before the Lord. Moses replaces the two brother priests with their cousins.
Some people find this part of the Bible difficult to read because of all of its rules and regulations. For me, I am really enjoying the daily focus on Leviticus because it helps me to have not only a better understanding of ancient Jewish worship, but as a Christian, it also helps me to better understand how the Christian faith has evolved and how unique and relevant is the message of Jesus Christ. Thank you for joining me in this process.
Nadab and Abihu
Leviticus 10 Now Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his censer, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered unholy fire before the Lord, such as he had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said,
‘Through those who are near me
I will show myself holy,
and before all the people
I will be glorified.’ ”
And Aaron was silent.
4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come forward, and carry your kinsmen away from the front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp.” 5 They came forward and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had ordered. 6 And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not dishevel your hair, and do not tear your vestments, or you will die and wrath will strike all the congregation; but your kindred, the whole house of Israel, may mourn the burning that the Lord has sent. 7 You shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the anointing oil of the Lord is on you.” And they did as Moses had ordered.
8 And the Lord spoke to Aaron: 9 Drink no wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons, when you enter the tent of meeting, that you may not die; it is a statute forever throughout your generations. 10 You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; 11 and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them through Moses.
12 Moses spoke to Aaron and to his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar: Take the grain offering that is left from the Lord’s offerings by fire, and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy; 13 you shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons’ due, from the offerings by fire to the Lord; for so I am commanded. 14 But the breast that is elevated and the thigh that is raised, you and your sons and daughters as well may eat in any clean place; for they have been assigned to you and your children from the sacrifices of the offerings of well-being of the people of Israel. 15 The thigh that is raised and the breast that is elevated they shall bring, together with the offerings by fire of the fat, to raise for an elevation offering before the Lord; they are to be your due and that of your children forever, as the Lord has commanded.
16 Then Moses made inquiry about the goat of the sin offering, and—it had already been burned! He was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and said, 17 “Why did you not eat the sin offering in the sacred area? For it is most holy, and God has given it to you that you may remove the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement on their behalf before the Lord. 18 Its blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded.” 19 And Aaron spoke to Moses, “See, today they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord; and yet such things as these have befallen me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would it have been agreeable to the Lord?” 20 And when Moses heard that, he agreed. 
Questions for Reflection:
- What are your thoughts about the death of two of Aarons Sons, Nadab and Abihu?
- Did you notice what their offense was that angered Moses and the Lord?
- What are your thoughts about those things that are holy and unholy as described in Leviticus 10?
- The second set of sons of Aaron that Moses appointed priests also broke the command of the Lord in eating the burnt offering outside of the sanctuary. What do you think about the manner in which, Aaron, their father, advocated for his remaining sons? What does this tell you about Aaron, and what does this tell you about Moses and God?
- What other observations do you glean from the faith of the ancient Israelites when reading chapter 10 of the Book of Leviticus?
Prayer: Lord, make me every vigilant. Keep me on a level path. Sharpen my vision that I might always be aware of that which is holy and that which is not holy. Make me to know your truth, your mercy and grace, and most of all, your love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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