Leviticus 10 … Consider Him Who Will Be Treated as Holy

The LORD had directed in every meticulous detail and could not have been clearer; the sacrifices and offerings were to be conducted according to His command, not man’s preferred ideas.

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying,

‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will be honored.’”

So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. [10:1-3]

Whatever possessed Aaron’s sons to do it their own way we may never know, but one thing is absolutely certain; He Will Be Treated as Holy.

Consider Him Who Will Be Treated as Holy

  • Those who desire to come near must treat Him as Holy.
    • “By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy,” [10:3]
  • He will be honored before all people.
    • “And before all the people I will be honored.” [10:3]
  • And there is nothing more to be said.
    • So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. [10:3]

How are we to respond to Him Who Will Be Treated as Holy?

We live in a time where the mention of God’s holiness and man’s sinful condition are almost taboo. But this does not eliminate His truth or His commands.

  • We cannot listen to lies and thus deceive ourselves; we must approach Him in reverence and treat Him as Holy.
    • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. [Galatians 6:7]
  • He Who is exalted above all else has invited us to know Him, receive Him by faith and live to bring Him honor. There is coming a day when the choice will no longer be available; all will bow before Him and honor Him.
    •  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [Philippians 2:9-10]
  • We cannot argue with God; we are to obey Him in all He has commanded. By His grace and faith we profess Jesus Christ as LORD and give Him the Holy Honor due His Name; for He Will Be Treated as Holy.
    • and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:11]
  • Let us be diligent to pray, depending on His Holy Spirit’s power and grace by faith, to grow in our desire to glorify and honor Him; that He Will Be Treated as Holy in all we do.
    • To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12]

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