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.
Leviticus 10:1-2 KJV
Between Leviticus 1 to 9, we have detailed instructions on the different offerings in Israel. Life has fallen into its normal rhythm, then Nadab and Abihu, sons of Moses triggered a conflict. They imitated what they’ve observed for a long time in worship, for a game. They offered strange fire before the Lord. Let’s download this by borrowing from Michael Heiser. What got the boys in trouble with God is the offering of unauthorised fire before God. Heiser makes attempt to outline what that means because the Hebrew has a range of usages: 1. something abhorrent or loathsome, 2. Something foreign and pagan, 3. something unauthorised and inappropriate ( Exo.30:9,34-35 ). The boys brought profane coals that polluted the holy place. God killed them and warned the father not to cry. It must have been particularly difficult for Aaron as a father, but the seriousness of the matter had to be communicated. You can’t mock God and go scot free. History has a litany of people who mocked God and paid dearly for it. They include: John Lennon of the Beatles fame, who said they were more famous than Jesus. He got shot six times and he died. Tancredo Neves ,President of Brazil, who said if got a certain number of votes, not even God could remove him. He got sick a day before being made President, and he died. Those boys mocked God in their attitude, and they died. Please don’t mock God.