Nadab and Abihu—”This will do!”

Nadab and Abihu—”This will do!”

(Leviticus 10)

There was a time when a sermon on obedience wasn’t complete without reference to Nadab and Abihu. Their sudden incineration at the hands of God was considered fair warning to all who might choose a similar path.The simple act of offering ‘strange fire before the Lord, contrary to His command’ cost them their lives (Lev.10:1-2). Nadab and Abihu, two of the four sons of the Aaron, the High Priest, served God at the highest levels of spiritual responsibility in Israel (Exodus 6:23). The Aaronic Priesthood served at the Tabernacle, and later at the Temple of God. Their ministry was their life. Along with every duty and article of service, they themselves were holy unto God. Every aspect and object of worship was specified in God’s Law. It is enough that we know that the fire used on that occasion was ‘unauthorized,’—its origin being of no consequence. The spirit of Cain was alive and well in Nadab and Abihu. He too was found wanting in his worship before God.It is by the His mercies that Christians serve our Heavenly Father in His very presence. We present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is our spiritual service of worship (Rom.12:1).The same heart expected of Nadab and Abihu is expected of you and me. A heart dedicated to pleasing God. A heart dedicated to examining ourselves. Asking: “What are we doing, and why are we doing it?”Preachers must continue to preach the fatal outcome of Nadab and Abihu’s disregard for the will of God.May we never share their: ‘This will do!’ attitude.(


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