And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’” So Aaron held his peace.
The words above were given by the Lord on the day that the time of sacrifices and offerings for sin were to begin. The Lord gathered His people, He lit the offering fires miraculously, and the nation bowed in worship. Yet into this glorious moment ran two of Aaron’s sons with strange fire they had lit, drawing attention away from the Lord to themselves. God judged with the fire that He had lit, causing it to reach and slay both of these boys. The Lord then gave this warning: We must regard God as holy when we stand before others. He alone wants the glory.
This verse has been one of my life verses as a pastor. God is my Father in heaven but I must never forget He is holy and when He allows me to preach, pray, or reach out, He must receive all the glory.
May He be glorified in your life today,
Pastor Jack Abeelen