by Christina Farris
1 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.
2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
3 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.
4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.
7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
Leviticus 16:1-6 KJV
Aaron's sons though they did evil in the sight of God by their sacrificed gave a warning to many people not to disobey God in regards to sacrifice, or cermony within the sacrifice from fire not of God to even the very incense in the sacrifice. The act of disobedience not only cost Aaron his son, but his right to grieve for his son as a father would normally do. He was after all in leadership, but also had to show he was not in alliance with his sons in regards to the sacrifice in any format. He had to just take his sons outside the camp, not even normal burial.
God was pleased with his Son Jesus but he would be buried outside the camp as tradition, because his sacrifice was according to God's plan and not according to the law of the Priesthood given by God. What does this truly mean one looks an study Hebrew 13, we understand Jesus was buried outside the city not within the gate. This is God's Son, not by tradition but by God's will. God's will in hard to grasp at times and can be frustrating, especially when we understand that God was pleased with his Son for his obedience and yet his sacrifice was not a pleasing sacrifice by God's tradition. What it shows is man playing God in their sacrifice, thinking this is according to God's will in what regard.
It has to do with the fact God declared this would happen, did not mean he was pleased with what man did to his Son, or knew man would do, but remember on the cross Jesus Christ cries Father forgive them they know not what they do. Man was ready to give Jesus back to God, without loving all Jesus was doing for mankind while he walked the earth. Jesus is buried outside the camp as Aaron's son were according to the law of God in regards that no sacrifice was to be given not ordained by God. Jesus death was God's will, but it was a sacrifice not according to God's law. Can it be justified, only in regards to God redeeming power to forgive what we do to his word in our life declaring things holy that unholy.
Timothy is clear in Hebrews that man is to offer the sacrifice of praise, not the sacrifice of meat or to follow strange doctrines or ideology. There is reason, God wants worship to be unadulterated by sin. We have to ask what is worship what is sacrifice what is holy. God sacrifices are holy by His command. He requires a heart in the right spirit of worship and sacrifice, not in the mine set I know what to give God. He wants us to give to Him as he requires us to give, with our heart and spirit. Not as show, or we better attitude. God wants us to worship in spirit and in truth.
The unholy sacrifice cost Aaron two sons, but by obeying God he demonstrated that God was willing to forgive the repented heart, but the heart of those willing to obey Him. Jesus obediently went to the cross, but he also buried as a sinner. He had to be burried like us to take our sin outside the city, removing it, to rise again to new life. Aaron life would of started a new in faith with this sacrifice of his two sons in regards of no mourning, but it was also a sacrifice of a greater lesson of God's mercy in Aaron's life and the rest of his family life as well as the congregation. When Christ arose to only go about teaching his disciples, we have to wonder, what forgiveness meant for all betrayed him, in their heart, denying him as he went to the cross, as he went before Pilot and religious court. Some running in the garden and others denying at the gate where the trial as propheside to Peter, who denied him three times. Yet Christ was purified and clean, not worthy of death of sin, or burial of sin.
That is my conclusion, we have to come to terms with Christ purity, non deserving a sinners death or burial. and so God raised him back up, to testify of his redeeming grace to those that loved and obeyed him, even to the cross of death of the enemy.
Dear Heavenly Father, grant us the grace to follow in your Son's footsteps even to being buried outside the gate and crucified. Help us to live according to your will. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 13:9-16 KJV
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.