The deaths of Nadab and Abihu reminded Israel of the need for holiness before the Lord.

The deaths of Nadab and Abihu reminded Israel of the need for holiness before the Lord.

BibleGateway: Leviticus 10:1-11

ESV Text: Leviticus 10:1-11

Leviticus 10:1–11 (Listen)

The Death of Nadab and Abihu

10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized1 fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace.

And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near; carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary and out of the camp.” So they came near and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, “Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the LORD has kindled. And do not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses.

And the LORD spoke to Aaron, saying, “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 10 You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the LORD has spoken to them by Moses.”

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[1] 10:1 Or strange

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     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. 2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

     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. 4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. 7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.

     8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 246 (LSB 507):
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

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1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; 
Holy holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! 

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, 
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, 
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be. 

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee, 
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see, 
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, 
Perfect in power, in love, and purity. 

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea. 
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! 


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