Approaching Properly

Leviticus 10:1-2  Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them.  (2)  And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

I do believe that this is a rather horrible situation. Nadab and Abihu are approaching the Lord in a sacrilegious and irreverent manner. They knew the proper manner in approaching God; however, they decided to do things their own way. The previous scenario in the Temple makes this difficult to understand as Moses and Aaron has just offered an offering and God illustrated His glory by fire coming out and consuming the burnt offering. Some say that Nadab and Abihu came before the Lord after drinking alcohol because Moses tells Aaron in Leviticus 10:8-11 to not come before the Lord in that manner. How are we to come before the Lord? Can we just approach God just anyway we desire? I think that Paul gives us a little insight in Ephesians 2:18-20 “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (19) So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (20) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” The Hebrew writer also challenges us in Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. We come before God with “confidence” because of our relationship with Christ. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY! We cannot come to God just any way we desire nor can we live in any manner and think that we can come boldly into God’s presence. We ought to know that we come to God reverently, respectfully. God is not just “The Man upstairs” but God and He deserves our worship and honor. If I see God for who He really is then I will treat Him accordingly and I will live differently, righteously, and lovingly. Dear God, please help me to see You properly.


Marcus Riggs


One thought on “Approaching Properly

  1. Great observations. Both Paul writing to the churches in the Lycus River valley and the writer of Hebrews writing to Jewish believers familiar with the Torah both knew full well the absolute holiness of God (cf Isaiah 6). They proclaimed our confident access to the Throne of Grace purely on the basis of Christ’s atoning sacrifice (2nd Cor 5:17). I often say that God’s hesed love and His justice (arising out of his utter holiness) met at the cross.


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