Leviticus chapter 10 discusses what seems to be a very challenging time for the Israelites.
Lev 10:1 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.
Lev 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
Lev 10:3 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.
Two of Aaron’s sons used the wrong type of fire in the censer. God had commanded them not to do that, and they ended up dying because of it.
Although it might seem a little bit cold coming from me, I keep coming back to a New Testament verse when I think about this passage.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wages are earned when services are performed. When sin is performed, in order to satisfy that sin, death is what is required. Jesus paid that debt for us when He died on the cross almost 2000 years ago.
Of course, we do not all physically die when we sin. If that was the case, there’d be no one left alive on earth right now. Jesus would have been the only human being to make it through life.
However, our sin is a type of spiritual death. It separates us from the life of God. In a physical sense, when we are separated from life, we are dead.
It is hard to tell exactly what made the sin of the sons of Aaron so bad that they needed to be killed, but this passage did make me think about how bad sin really can be. Because of all of our sin, we do not deserve the eternal life of God, but Jesus died in our place so that we might live eternally with Him. Forgiveness is a major gift to say the least. I know that I departed from Leviticus a little bit, but I hope that these two passages made some amount of sense when they were put together.