Leviticus 10* The sin and death of Nadab and Abihu. (1,2) Aaron and his sonsforbidden to mourn for Nadab and Abihu. (3-7) Wine forbidden tothe priests when in the service of the tabernacle. (8-11) Ofeating the holy things. (12-20)1,2 Next to Moses and Aaron, none were more likely to behonourable in Israel than Nadab and Abihu. There is reason tothink that they were puffed up with pride, and that they wereheated with wine. While the people were prostrate before theLord, adoring his presence and glory, they rushed into thetabernacle to burn incense, though not at the appointed time;both together, instead of one alone, and with fire not takenfrom the altar. If it had been done through ignorance, they hadbeen allowed to bring a sin-offering. But the soul that doethpresumptuously, and in contempt of God's majesty and justice,that soul shall be cut off. The wages of sin is death. They diedin the very act of their sin. The sin and punishment of thesepriests showed the imperfection of that priesthood from the verybeginning, and that it could not shelter any from the fire ofGod's wrath, otherwise than as it was typical of Christ'spriesthood. 3-7 The most quieting considerations under affliction arefetched from the word of God. What was it that God spake? ThoughAaron's heart must have been filled with anguish and dismay, yetwith silent submission he revered the justice of the stroke.When God corrects us or ours for sin, it is our duty to acceptthe punishment, and say, It is the Lord, let him do what seemethhim good. Whenever we worship God, we come nigh unto him, asspiritual priests. This ought to make us very serious in allacts of devotion. It concerns us all, when we come nigh to God,to do every religious exercise, as those who believe that theGod with whom we have to do, is a holy God. He will takevengeance on those that profane his sacred name by trifling withhim. 8-11 Do not drink wine or strong drink. During the time theyministered, the priests were forbidden it. It is required ofgospel ministers, that they be not given to wine, #1Ti 3:3|. Itis, Lest ye die; die when ye are in drink. The danger of death,to which we are continually exposed, should engage all to besober. 12-20 Afflictions should rather quicken us to our duty, thantake us from it. But our unfitness for duty, when it is naturaland not sinful, will have great allowances made for it; God willhave mercy, and not sacrifice. Let us profit by the solemnwarning this history conveys. When professing worshippers comewith zeal without knowledge, carnal affections, earthly, light,vain, trifling thoughts, the devices of will-worship, instead ofthe offering of soul and spirit; then the incense is kindled bya flame which never came down from heaven, which the Spirit of aholy God never sent within their hearts.
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