When Aaron’s sons went to the altar to offer a sacrifice to God they were struck down with fire. The Bible explains that the fire they used in their offering was a strange fire. And God in His anger towards the offensive offering, immediately struck them down.
In the New Testament, Ananias and Sapphira were also struck down. As they sold a field and gave only part of the proceeds to the apostles, after promising the full profits.
So what can we learn about these 2 portions of scripture? We learn when we offer our worship, it needs to be offered in reverence and awe. ecause God is Holy and He has to be honored accordingly.
The reason Nadab and Abihu were struck down can be put down to their irreverence and their careless attitude towards their offering. The same can be said of Ananais and Sapphira.
Aaron’s sons went to the altar intoxicated. nd in all likelihood, being in that state led to them either creating their own fire or using a fire from another source for the incense offering. This fire was supposed to have come directly from the altar.
Ananais and Sapphira promised a certain amount to be offered to the church. But when the time came they held back a portion. owever when questioned they claimed to have given the full amount. Lying not only to Peter but to God Himself.
God expects our offerings of worship towards Him to be pure and true, without fault or blemish.
And even though that seems like an incredibly high standard for the best of us. God sees our hearts and our intentions. And if our hearts are pure and intentions are true. He will gladly accept our offerings.
It’s when we taint our worship with pride and false intentions that turns Him away from us.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV