God Wants Us to Reject Our Own Methods of Worship
Lev. 10:1-3 helps us understand this truth
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.
In verse one; we see that man has the tendency to worship God his own way (1). Coincidently, Nadab and Abihu worshipped God their own way (1a). They both offered a “strange” or an unauthorized fire to the Lord.
Some possibilities of this strange fire may have been:
- going into an unauthorized place in the sanctuary
- offering certain coals that were from outside the temple
- offering the incense at the wrong time of day
- using their own ingredients for the incense for their own purposes
 Although both men seemed sincere in their worship, a sincere heart still falls short of an obedient heart which God wants from each one of us (I Sam. 15:22). Nadab and Abihu also disobeyed God in their worship. They “offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not to do” (1b).
In Exodus 30:9, 34-38, God clearly commands Aaron and his sons to follow His exact ingredients and regulations. It is also clear that they are not to offer strange incense to Him made by human creativity. God also explicitly states the consequence of the offender who disobeys His command “will be cut off from his people” (Exod. 30:38b). [click to continue…]