In my reading today Aaron and his sons were consecrated (Leviticus 8) and Aaron’s offering was accepted by the Lord (Leviticus 9). The culmination of the all the preparation was in Leviticus 9:23- 24 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Ahhh, God was pleased and they beheld His glory. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. I can only imagine what that must have looked like. It must have been something so spectacular that the people’s first reaction was to fall on their faces.
Then there’s the unfortunate incident with Nadab and Abihu offering “unauthorized incense” and perishing because of it. That seemed harsh to me when I first read that. And Aaron was not even allowed to grieve! God made it clear in Exodus 30:9: You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it. David Guzik said: Aaron just saw two of his sons struck down before the Lord. It was natural for him to question or even to lament – but God would not allow it. More important than Aaron’s right to grieve was the respect of God’s holiness.
God has His standards and we must conform to it instead of expecting Him to conform to ours. We cannot put God in a box.
Exodus 10:10 also spoke to me. You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, As Christians in this time and in this age, we need the discernment to distinguish between truth and falsehood. As we draw nearer and nearer to the end, the enemy will seek to deceive and water down the truth. How do we learn to make that distinction? If you ask a bank teller how they spot counterfeit money, they will tell you it’s because they handle money so much that they know what the real one feels like. We need to be rightly handling the Word of God so much that when the counterfeit comes, we can also tell because we know what is real.