The tabernacle and priests have been sanctified and dedicated; all was now ready for the normal work of the priesthood to begin.
- What was Aaron’s fore offering at the start of his ministry?
Thought pardoned, anointed and consecrated, he still needed mercy through atoning blood.
But when all was duly offered, how did God show his acceptance of his people’s worship?
With 9:22a, cf. Num. 6:22-27.
- What did Nadab and Abihu do?
What happened? Why did God act like this?
- 10:1. ‘Unauthorised fire’: this may mean fire nor taken from the alter, but the central thought is that it was fire which God had not authorized.
- 10:8-11. It has long been thought that Nadab and Abihu may have been indulging in wine; hence this prohibition.
- The significance of 10:16-20 seems to be that Aaron realized that Nadab and Abbihu had taken part in the offering of the sin offering and that this rendered it unacceptable and unclean. This is a touching story of Aaron’s full acceptance of God’s verdict on his own sons.