The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, were chosen among the children of Israel to draw near to God and minister at His altar. Their responsibility was to burn incense before the LORD, but not haphazardly or impulsively. They were given clear divine instructions to follow in discharging their duties and in ministering to God.
One of the instructions given to Nadab and Abihu as God’s priests was that they must not offer strange fire before the LORD. The fire to use for burning incense must be taken from the altar. This fire came down from heaven and the priests were commanded to keep the fire burning perpetually on the altar (Lev. 6:8-9, 9:24)….
It is sad but true that many people today in our churches are only interested in religious rituals, but not in a loving and intimate relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Their worship of God is only motivated by fear of God, and not by love of God.
They pray and read their bible daily so that God will not be angry with them. They give tithes and offerings so that God will not curse them. They fast and pray so that their enemies will not overcome or kill them. Their motivation for whatever religious exercises or good works they do is fear. Beloved, what is your motivation for worshipping God?
By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus has consecrated for us a new and living way to seek, serve and worship God (Heb. 10:20). The coming of Jesus into the world and His perfect finished work on the cross has brought a significant shift in mode of worship. Sadly, many believers today don’t realize or appreciate the remarkable paradigm shift in worship in the New Testament.
How should the New Testament believers worship God? Certainly not with animal sacrifices and food offerings associated with the Old Testament worship, and not according to the Jewish rites and ceremonies…
It is a sheer ignorance to boast about or exalt a place of worship above another. No place of worship is holier or more special to God than others! Under the New Covenant, the focus is not on the place where you worship but on the person you worship or the object of your worship.
God is not seeking for holy and beautiful physical temples to be worshipped, but for true worshippers who will worship Him in spirit and truth, according to the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus pointed out this truth in His clear answer to the Samaritan woman who questioned Him about the right place to worship God…
A bondservant is a servant who freely, voluntarily, and consciously renounces his claim and right to freedom, but rather chooses to remain perpetually under the yoke and authority of his master.
Though he is free to go his own ways, to pursue his own ambitions, dreams and goals, and to live to please himself, yet a bondservant chooses to go his master’s ways, to pursue his master’s vision, and to live only to please his master. Love is the primary thrust and motivation of a bondservant’s total sacrifice or surrender to his master!
Every born-again believer is a partaker of God’s nature which is essentially love; for God is love (2 Pet. 1:4, 1 John 4:8). The Holy Spirit has poured out God’s love into the hearts of the believers at the new birth (Rom. 5:5).
Therefore, every true born-again believer has the divine potential or capacity to walk in love as Jesus did while in the world. God will be unjust to command us to walk in love just as Jesus had walked if we cannot, or if we don’t have the capacity or ability to do so. As a believer, you will not be able to walk consistently in God’s love toward others if you fail to set the Lord Jesus Christ before you as your ultimate model, example, or standard of love…