Lev 10:1 But Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorised fire in Yahveh’s sight, which he had not commanded them.
Lev 10:2 And fire came out from Yahveh’s sight and consumed them, and they died in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what Yahveh spoke when he said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.'” And Aaron kept still.
stillness in crisis
The wonder of the day when God’s glory appeared suddenly took on the nature of surreal terror. Aaron had expected a spectacular display of God’s glory, but he certainly did not expect it to cost the lives of two of his sons. He stood still, in shock, not knowing how to react. Moses explained to him that Yahveh had warned of this incident. Who knows what raced through the mind of Aaron at this time. We only know that Aaron went on to serve the LORD faithfully, in spite of his loss.
When disaster strikes, and we are tempted to lash out at God, or despair and give up our faith, perhaps we should remember the stillness of Aaron on that day of crisis.
LORD, give us faith enough to endure the disasters we face, with quiet confidence in you.