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The occasion surrounding the Lord’s judgment on Nadab and Abihu is one of serious importance. From it we learn that God’s servants much approach Him in holiness. It has been common for the Jewish rabbis to interpret the sin of the brothers to be directly connected to alcohol, but the Lord does not say this. What we do learn from the Lord is that which they offered was profane, or unauthorized (Leviticus 10:1). Gordon Wenham wrote in regards to this situation, “…the closer a man is to God, the more attention he must pay to holiness and the glory of God” (Leviticus, p. 156). It’s a serious matter, and to him who is given much, much is expected.

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