“Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ So Aaron held his peace” (Leviticus 10:1-3)
The third book of Moses called Leviticus primarily discusses priestly matters, as priest were drawn from the tribe of Levi. It would be a mistake, however, to simply consider Leviticus a collection of scripture solely regarding priesthood conduct as much of the text also explains the role of laity – in – worship. The central message of Leviticus is God’s holiness and His desire for His people to be holy (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:26).
In the text above we learn three principals for effectively serving in ministry:
First, we must honor the LORD in worship. In our text we read that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron offered profane fire before the LORD. Meaning they treated something scared with irreverence or disrespect. What makes this story so unique is not only were both Nadab and Abihu killed by the LORD, but they were killed while serving the LORD. The Lord will not continue to use, what does not reverence His authority or respect His leadership.
Secondly, we must reverence the LORD publicly. Leviticus chapter 10 verse 3 said: By those who come near the LORD, He – must – be – regarded – as – holy; And before all the people. He – must – be – glorified.’” There is a problem when our worship is casual. Anytime we’re in the presence of God we must honor Him with praise, admiration and worship. Additionally, God commands that we glorify Him before all people.
Lastly, we must qualify our call. Notice that the bible said, Aaron, after watching his son’s death, held his peace. Anytime God has anointed you for a particular purpose, sooner or later you will find yourself in a circumstance that challenges that call rather it’s in your marriage, in ministry or with your overall integrity. As a priest, Aaron’s priority was to minister to the LORD and atone for the sins of the people, not support or overlook the sins of the people. Regardless of his circumstance, he was called to obey, respectively to God, even when faced with his own tragedy of losing his sons.
For some, God has anointed you for a particular purpose. And, like the sons of Aaron there has been a tremendous investment in preparing you. But, because of your carelessness in worship, because of your negligence in operating in ministry, God has separated some of you from such assignment. Romans 11:29 say’s “the gifts and callings of God are without repentance”, therefore, God will not change His purpose for those who show a lack of respect towards Him, God will not change our assignment because we refuse or are slow to honor Him, He will simply remove us from that which He has anointed and created us to do.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Faithful One, give us the discipline O Lord to carry out your assignment for our lives with reverence and respect at all times. In Jesus name we pray.
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