8. a. Nadab and Abihu
“disobeyed the Lord by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded.” Leviticus 10:1b NLT
God sent fire down, so the fire on the altar was divine fire. If Aaron’s sons used common fire from another source other than the altar, the lost symbolism is obvious. They offered a counterfeit.
The fire blazed up from the Lord’s presence and burned Nadab and Abihu to death.
b. In my view, the main difference between Leviticus 9:24 and 10:2-3
is the source of fire used for worship. We must worship God in spirit and in truth. Nadab and Abihu burned incense using their own source of fire, not God’s. That could be compared to expecting justification through works. The difference between “Well done, good and faithful servant” and “depart from me, I never knew you.
God did warn them. The altar was especially holy after the seven days of consecration.
Aaron knew his sons did something wrong. He must have remembered the time he blew it creating the golden calf as an object of worship. He was ashamed and could offer no defense for his sons’ actions.
b. Practical and spiritual help Moses give to Aaron–
- Do not show grief by leaving your hair uncombed or by tearing your clothes.
- Do not leave the tabernacle’s entrance.
Obedience to these commands protected their lives and the lives of others.
Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar stood between the Lord and the people. If they forsook their duty to the Lord to indulge their grief, more people could have died. So, they had to keep the service of the sanctuary, and the people mourned for the loss of Nadab and Abihu for them. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
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These are my answers, not THE answers to the study questions.