Leviticus Chapter 10

Leviticus 10

1And 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.

2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

4And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.

5So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.

6And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.

7And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.

8And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,

9Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

10And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

11And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

12And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy:

13And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons’ due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.

14And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons’ due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.

15The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons’ with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded.

16And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,

17Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?

18Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.

19And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?

20And when Moses heard that, he was content.

22 thoughts on “Leviticus Chapter 10

  1. Aaron’s Sons Mess Up
    10:1-7

    What exactly this “unauthorized fire” was remains uncertain. The censers may have come from someplace other than the altar, they may have used the incense at the wrong time (which I think), or they may have used the improper utensils to perform their task. In any case, they have taken matters into their own hands -acting presumptuously and disobeying God’s specific commands.

    Divine retributuion is immediate, and those who sin by fire are quickly consumed by fire. Aaron is stunned into silence (Lev 10:3). Because of his position as high priest, Aaron is not allowed the traditional expressions of grief (Lev 10:6; 10-12). Instead, Aaron and his remaining sons suffer deeply but quietly. Thank you Jesus, that these strict almost ritualistic commands where subtracted from us the day you became the Ultimate Sacrifice. Now we can offer up our tithe, praise, offering on our own minus the middle man.

    Quik tid-bit: Scholars believe that Nadab and Abihu had been drinking before the incident with the fire and that the wine had clouded their judgment. This would explain the immediate dirrective from God that the priests not consume any fermented drink before entering the Tent of Meeting (Lev 10-8-11).

  2. SEPARATION

    10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

    In a society where there are continual attempts to make all things common; we find the principal of the fact that in Gods Kingdom all things cannot be common.

    Notice that GOD had already established what was unholy and unholy, clean and unclean. Now he told Aaron to establish what was holy and unholy. We must make the decisions on our lives as to what is holy and clean based on the word of GOD not our personal feelings.

    His sons were dead because of false worship. The censer was the fire pan used to bring the coals from the “altar fire” into the tabernacle; however they bypassed the altar and they brought incense instead. GOD knows true FIRE from the altar.

    We must make sure we stop by the ALTAR and bring the FIRE of the altar into the worship.

    • Thank you pastor for writing:
      “The censer was the fire pan used to bring the coals from the “altar fire” into the tabernacle; however they bypassed the altar and they brought incense instead.”

      I was wondering exactly what went wrong.

  3. Aaron’s sons were careless about following the laws for sacrifices. In response, God destroyed them with a blast of fire. Performing the sacrifices was an act of obedience. Doing them correctly showed respect for God. It is easy for us to grow careless about obeying God, to live our way instead of God’s. But if one way were just as good as another, God would not have commanded us to live his way. He always has good reasons for his commands, and we always place ourselves in danger when we consciously or carelessly disobey them.

  4. 6And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.

    Do not mourn the backslider. It’s hard when we see someone leave the faith or offer “strange fire” but there are to many people who have not heard the truth for us to mourn those who have left it.

    CS Lewis says it best in his Narnia series “If you must weep, sweetheart (this was to Jill), turn your face aside and see you wet not your bow-string”

    We have a war to wage, and if someone leaves the faith DON’T allow it to affect your walk with God

  5. v7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon
    you.And they did according to the word of Moses .

    GOD IS HOLY… and HIS commands are absolute. We are to be Christ like at all times
    and avoid the excesses of this world; and not
    become drunk on carnality that leads to
    rebellion controlled by another power
    another force.
    Thank you JESUS for your power that we can call you LORD. Worship,adore, and lift
    HIM up, AS LORD.

  6. 3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

    This chapter will renew the fear of the Lord in your spirit. We forget, now that we are under grace, how important it is to approach God with the right attitude. He is a HOLY God and to be his we must be HOLY. Be church!

  7. 2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

    I thank God every day that he is so merciful. This is just shows us how forgiving God is to us under Grace. I can think of many times I have read ,that when someone messed up and have died, in the old testament that I have done the same thing, and have lived.

  8. Sometimes anointing and position is taken for granted. “well its only fire” “what will it hurt” “God won’t mind if we change it up a bit” “this is easier this way”

    However, leadership should be kept with the highest of honor, dedication, and commitment. God was very serious about his instructions and expected them to be serious about it as well.

    Two things happened immediately after the judgement of fire that consumed Aaron’s boys.

    1. They were immediately replaced.
    2. Aaron was expected to stand up and not moarn showing his commitment and agreement with the judgement of God.

    As leaders God wants our best and he wants us to do it just the way he said. If not he will find someone else to do it.

    Let’s stand up, man up, and grab hold of the vision. God has chosen Pofw to take this city. Let’s take it so God won’t ever have to find a replacement.

  9. With so many churches, false prophets and sexual scandals in high places in the church it might make it easier to follow true teachers if God once again began cleansing the church as He did with Aarons sons. That would definitely get our attention and “ALL BELIEVERS” would stand up and repent. I noticed that Aaron held his peace, even when his sons lost their lives. Obvious he loved his sons but also obvious he was hiding their sins.

  10. 10 You must distinguish between what is sacred and what is common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean. (NLT)

    Its all black and white – no shades of grey or inbetweens or “okays”.

  11. 1And 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.

    WHEN YOU RISE UP AGAINST YOUR PASTOR, YOU ARE OFFERING UP STRANGE FIRE

  12. 9Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

    10And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

    How can we expect others to think of us as a true christian if there is no seperation between us and them. If there is nothing to change or gain in christianity then it is all the same to them.
    Let your light shine and show them the way to a better life in Christ!

  13. God doesn’t want us to be like the world he wants us to stand out and be leaders and guide many to Him and his word. So stay strong in his word and stand out and be an example to many.

  14. The best way to kindle the wrath of God is to bring something strange (not of God) into his presence. Whatever the task or duty there is specific instruction that God requires. Anytime they is something strange among God’s people it always leads to disobedience which God hates… Nothing good can come from it

    Stay away from strange things, ideas, spirits, doctrines, etc.

    Stay close to God’s word (truths & principles)… It’s profitable.

  15. Strange fire is not good enough; it’s about God, not doing things any old way. What we offer reflects our esteem of who (or what) we serve.

  16. Leviticus 10

    1And 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.

    2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

    Offering “strange fire” to the Lord will cause the Lord to act. “Strange Fire” maybe something different to each one of us. Each of us individually know our relationship with God, and what that strange fire would be. Lord help us to respect and reverance God in all things to not offer Him something strange in attitude or action and bring judgement on our lives.

  17. This chapter reveals the importance of obedience and not taking things into our own hands. Sometimes we try and do things our way instead of what we know is God’s way! Nothing good will come from disobedience. We must be obedient and respectful of our walk with him.

  18. This chapter illustrates correctness. A wise person will do as the Lord states in his Word, because it is the correct way. Whereas a fool will do it their way and they will reap the consequences for their actions. We must follow the book, if we want to please the Lord. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 3Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

    when God tells us how to do something, and with what, we need to do as He told us.

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