Daily Devotional Bible Verses

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’ ”And Aaron held his peace. (Leviticus 10:1-3 ESV)

Nadab and Abihu went into the Holy of Holies, the most holy place, a thing only to be done by Aaron, their father. God had rules for purification and for coming before him and offering sacrifices. Unfortunately for Nadab and Abihu, their unauthorized fire as they came before God was punishable by death.

Fortunately for us, we don’t have to go through any of this anymore when coming before our God. We have a person who took our place before God, his name is Jesus. Because of his substitutionary death on the cross we are now sinless in the eyes of God (Colossians 1:22). We are no longer enemies of God, but friends on account of Jesus (Romans 5:10). We can now enter the holy places with confidence and not be fearful of death (Hebrews 10:19). We tend to take much of this for granted.

Next time you come before God in prayer or worship think of Jesus and his work on the cross to allow you to enter it with confidence.

Do you come before God with confidence?