When people do things that are unholy before the Lord, they have two choices. #1, repent and come to Jesus for forgiveness and mercy. #2, continue in your sins, where you may be struck down in death early and die in your sins. Some people live a long life no matter their life of sin, where often men and women of God die early on in life. This is because God allows people to live their own life up until their last breath at times, in order to give them many chances to be saved. Other people, God knows that they will never repent and them dying early does not matter. The same thing happened with Nadab and Abihu, who desecrated God’s tabernacle with strange fire and were struck down in death. It is written, “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. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then 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.” (Leviticus 10:1-3)
This story caused the fear of God to enter people’s lives and therefore it is brought up again in Numbers, chapter 3. It reads, “these also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the Lord spake with Moses in mount Sinai. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office. And Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord, when they offered strange fire before the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.” (Numbers 3:1-4) It is important to note that when we are reminded of an event like this then it is something to learn from and not do again. We would not want to do the same thing and also experience God’s fire come down from heaven to consume us. Therefore, we need to apply this in our own lives. What is holy unto God, do not desecrate it. What He loves, also love. What He hates, also hate. Do not hate the person, but the sin. Live unto God and the Holy Spirit will abide in You and make You holy in His sight. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will learn to be holy in Your sight. No matter if it means leaving a job or hobby that they are a part of. People can be making a good amount of money in what they do for a living, but if it is causing them to sin then I pray that they will stop and reconsider what they are doing and repent. Lord, I give You thanks for this life and what You have been able to do for and through me up until now. What I do for You now is not to please myself or to cause anyone to follow me, but to please You and to cause people to follow You alone. This life is short and to be Your vessel on earth is all I wish for. Help me to be Your hands and feet this day and all the rest of my days. May I not fall victim to different music in this world that would cause the Holy Spirit to be grieved. There are many counterfeits of what people say is Christian music and what is not. Lord, I would not want fire to come down from heaven because I did something that is unholy in Your sight. Therefore, convict me of my sins so that I might stop doing what is wrong and never desire it again. If I do not know what I am doing is wrong, then I might continue in it. Therefore, speak to me and I will listen. I live for You now. I love You, God. Amen.