By Mr. Dennis Owens
“Learning from Nadab and Abihus”
“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)
There are many Nadabs and Abihus today. They draw near to God but fail to treat Him as holy in their personal relationships with Him. Their presumption often goes long unpunished only by the grace of God; but this story confronts us with whether we are “treating Him as holy.” Perhaps this is an opportunity to ask Him to show you what it means to Him, and to align your heart anew with His holiness at a greater depth. None of us wants to be found in the ultimate place of Nadab or Abihu, so this may be an opportunity for some to examine their heart attitude toward God.
God may have given us a picture with Nadab and Abihu to warn us against a do-it-yourself religion without a surrendered heart. That is a thought that should scare us all into judgment. Jesus has made us priests of the Lord. We are not all clergy, but we are all ministers of Christ. But we’re not all living as priests of the Lord or allowing the gifts of the Holy Spirit to flow through us for the benefit of others. Perhaps some time alone with God, saying to Him, “I trust You so much, I’m all in. I want Your way not mine, I believe that your plans are your wisdom are better than mine. I am willing to live by faith! Fill me with your Holy Spirit and transform my life from the inside out as I meditate and apply Your Word to my life.” When you take this step life is never the same.