READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER TwentyFour.
But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did,and they had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar served as the priests. (1 Chronicles 24:2 NIV)
When one despises the privilege
historical commentary.- Nadab and Abihu, occupied very high positions in Israel and as priests they had many advantages and privileges. They had heard the voice of God speaking to Moses and Aaron in the mountain of God, they saw the God of Israel (Exodus 24 :9-11). They were consecrated and trained for seven days, and came to know fully the holiness of God and His Work. They were also part of the solemn dedication and service by being sprinkled with the blood of sacrifice. All these actions should have led them to understand the holiness of God and the importance of obeying God’s instructions.
“But soon after fell a sudden and terrible calamity on the family of the high priest… Two of the sons of Aaron took their censers and burned incense violating the orders of God by using “strange fire” to burn the incense. They used common fire instead of the sacred fire that God himself had lit, and whose use had He had ordered for this objects. Because of this sin, fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them at the sight of the people “PP 327.
The phrase: “Any fire will do” is not valid for replacing the divine instructions with our own wishes. Those who present the Word of God pastors, elders, leaders, lay preachers let us go up to the pulpit when we are certain to present the purifying fire of the Word of Life, and not profane fire which causes divine disapproval and do not produce conversion in the listeners.
Father who dwells throughout eternity and observes our every action. We ask you to give us discernment to distinguish between the holy and the profane. We also ask that when we go to worship in your house, we may enjoy your presence and your fire may purify us from all error and imperfection. We want to be pleasing in your presence. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.