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Sometimes people do foolish things. What is the cost of those foolish things? Embarrassment, pain, ridicule, mockery, in Leviticus 10, it was death.

consuming1 Leviticus 10:1-7 – 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. 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 honored.’” 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 theLord 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.

Nadab and Abihu were Aaron’s sons, they had been groomed for priesthood since leaving Egypt. God had called them out on more than one occasion and set them apart for His service (Exodus 24:1-2; Exodus 28:1). God had entrusted them to offer up sacrifices for the people.

consuming2But they failed. Why did they do such a thing? And what was so bad about it?

Let’s think of it this way.

You are walking into the sanctuary of the church on Sunday. Instead of walls, there is an 8-foot high fence of fabric that encloses the tabernacle and its activities.  You have your sacrifice in hand and you are walking to the altar to bring it before God. The fire at the center would consume your sacrifice and you would be atoned for your sins. No other source of fire is acceptable for the sacrifice you are making. WHY? Because man could not come into God’s presence without sacrifice. Something had to DIE for man to come into the presence of God. Those men knew this and had been given instructions as to their responsibilities and had been warned of the dangers. But they disobeyed. It wasn’t convenient for them. It was important, the things God was asking of them. Are YOU subsituting your own fire?

consuming3I have stated before that God knew our plan for salvation ever since sin entered the world in Eden. So, everything in the Tabernacle was designed to tell us about Heaven’s plan for our salvation.
Every piece of furniture pointed to sacrifice of Christ. Every piece of fabric was specifically chosen to give us an understanding of Jesus’ death on cross!!

These questions remain:

Are you trying to improve on the things of God?

Are you going to do what He has specifically asked you to do out of obedience, or only when you agree? God is an all-consuming fire! Allow Him to speak into your life and walk out your salvation with fear and trembling before Him and in Holy awe of what He alone can do!

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consuming4To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Acts 5:1-11 – Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. 7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” 9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord?Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” 10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband.11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

God sees everything. We cannot hide under a table and pretend that we are unseen. Our sin isn’t our actions, but it comes first from our thoughts. We cannot make ourselves look more generous to some and expect that God won’t reveal it. Everything that happens in the dark will come to the Light of Truth eventually. Let’s make a commitment to be real, to be honest, to be trustworthy, and to keep ourselves free from our crazy minds. God has not changed.

Related Scriptures: Revelation 22:18; Proverbs 30:6; Matthew 5:23-24; Hebrews 12:28-29