Right out of the gate – Lev chapter 10 is shocking. The Bible says that two of Aaron’s son’s (Nadab and Abihu) fail to follow the rules and “offer strange fire” on the newly consecrated altar – resulting in God striking them down with fire and killing them! (Lev 10:1-2)

There have been many debates about what is meant by “strange fire”. Was it a timing issue? Did they come at it in the wrong heart? Maybe they offered the fire in the wrong spot? This can also be quite confusing to us from our perspective. What happened? Was God trigger happy here?

Think how Aaron felt…

Moses quickly gives us an explanation as to what is happening. He attributes this strange occurrence to the incredible holiness of God. (Lev 10:3-5).

Holiness – “set apart, devoted, clean, no stain”.

Honored – GLORY – “weightiness, heaviness”.


What is happening here is that God is holy – and His immense Presence is not something to be trifled with. His holiness will be honored throughout the earth – and He cannot be mocked (Gal 6:7). God needs to ensure that these people – forming a new nation centered upon Himself – understand that sin is bad and He is GOOD. Furthermore – His Goodness is far and above our best offering (in our own strength) because of sin’s influence.

Unfortunately – it took the example of Nadab and Abihu to get this point across.

(Notice that Aaron never says a word… – Lev 10:3).


Right after this tragic event – God speaks to Aaron for the very first time. He warns him not to tread lightly upon His Presence. (Understandable based on what had just happened).

Then God makes an interesting statement:

You shall make a distinction and recognize a difference between the holy and the common or unholy, and between the clean and the unclean.” Lev 10:10.

God is helping Aaron (as the first Priest) to understand that there is a big difference between Himself and our perspective. It will do no good for the people, if we casually enter God’s Presence in a flippant or arrogant manner. Instead – be sure to always recognize the difference.


This warning was not heeded by the Israelites. Generations later – the prophet Ezekiel delivers a stinging judgment from God in response to this exact issue.

Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things. They have made no distinction between the sacred and the secular, neither have they taught people the difference between the unclean and the clean and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”Ezekiel 22:26 AMP

Notice what God says – “they have profaned My holy things”!

To PROFANE something is to mix what is set apart for God (Holy) into things that are meant for common use. In essence – to walk into God’s Temple and carry something over the threshold – into the common area – belittling it’s sacred intentions.

In God’s eyes this is a huge issue… something we should avoid at all costs.


Which brings up some big questions for us all (since we are ALL now priests [1 Pet 2:9] – and our bodies are His temple [1 Cor 6:19]):

Marriage – When we belittle this beautiful relationship – which was created to demonstrate God’s love for all of us – by cheapening it and using it in unnatural ways – we PROFANE it.

Music – When we take this beautiful gift from God – designated to assist us in worshiping Him – and we instead use it to manipulate emotions and sing about “other” things – we cheapen it’s original purpose – we PROFANE it.

These (and may other examples) demonstrate how all of us make the same mistakes of Nadab and Abihu.


So… Leviticus Chapter 10 is about more then just ancient rituals and the sudden deaths of two teenage boys. It is about Profanity and how all of us relate.


Which makes me so thankful for Jesus once again. 🙂


Be Fruitful & Multiply,