“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 fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not” (Leviticus 10:1).
Text: Leviticus 10:1-5.
Commenting on the strange fire offered to God by Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, John F. MaCArthur said, “The crux of their sin was approaching God in a careless, self-willed, inappropriate manner without the reverence He deserved.” They did not treat Him as holy or exalt His name before the people. The Lord’s response was swift and deadly. This is a sobering and terrifying account, and it has obvious implications for the church in our time.” This assertion is very pertinent to Christian youths in their zeal to serve God.
The Lord delights in the service of His children. However, it is sinful to dishonour God, treat Him with contempt, or approach Him carelessly. Beloved, in your zeal to serve God, do not offer strange fire through disorderly worship, service, or preaching of false doctrine. If you preach or sing in the choir, what is your motive? Is it to worship God or to entertain and draw the applause of the congregation? We must serve God with reverence and sobriety, lest we incur His wrath.
Do not offer strange fire
Worship and serve God in holiness and sobriety.
Prayer for today
Help me Lord to reverence you in all that I do.