“The presence of God must have its full power, and the flesh must be silent before Him”
Nadab and Abihu where man of God they were anointed and blessed and even capped with knowledge, sons of the Highest Priest, Aaron and nephews to the deliver of Israel Moses and they had just ordained as the first order of priests in the whole community of Israelites.
“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fires before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD”. Lev 10:1-2
Several things to note in this passage of Scripture is that
1. They didn't have orders to burn the incense because a Priest had to wait for his turn to come for him to serve in the temple Luke 1:9. Note that its only one priest not two who were to burn incense
2. They had just been ordained as priests, in the previous chapter they had been ordained as priest and they must be zealous of God or thy were curious how this would work. Let your curiosity and zeal bring you to a place where you offer true worship that won’t get you killed but bring you into his presence.
3. They took strange fires
Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon, Exodus 30:9. The meaning of strange could be that the sacrifice was not called for or that the offering was offered in the wrong way. In fact the two brothers used ordinary fire to give unto the Lord
The word rendered “strange” seems in this connection to mean no more than “unauthorized by the Law”.
4. They must have been also drunk and I know this because of the laws that were passed in Leviticus 10:8-10.
Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: Lev 10:9
The order was that the fire of God would consume the sacrifice and Nadab and Abihu choose to just take ordinary (common) fire. The fire which was supposed to consume their sacrifice then consumed them to ashes. Are you worshipping God with a common or an okay heart? Common is plain but is it what God has asked from us that we give him, is it in the manner that he wants it to be?
God struck them not because they weren’t anointed, set by God or were the promise but inspite of their qualifications they administered worship in the wrong manner and God met them at that point. Look at all these points that caused God to strike them down and I know you will say that God has grace and will not kill us. Think again God is also law I’m not scaring you, I want you not to hide under grace.
How many things are we doing ignorantly and we are dead spiritually or emotionally nomatter what we do, our worship does not have an effect. The truth and the question are you in a place like Nadab and Abihu.
Bishop Hall said “it is a dangerous thing in the service of God to decline from his own institutions, just to require what he has prescribed and powerful to revenge what he has not prescribed”.
Worship Him In The Beauty Of His Holiness