57. Respect God

The tabernacle has been completed and the Israelites did a wonderful job. It was precisely as He had commanded and to show that He was pleased with it, His glorious presence entered into the Tabernacle and He resided there with them. From the tabernacle, He continued to give Moses right instructions on how He expected them to live and the procedures on how the sacrifices should be made and what He expected from the priests. His words were not even cold (so to speak) when Aaron's sons decided that they think that they have a better way of doing things.

'Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burner and sprinkled incense over it. In this way, they disobeyed the Lord by burning before Him a different kind of fire than He had commanded.' Leviticus 10:1

Now my Bible explains that there are two possible reasons why this was an act of disobedience. The first one is that the fire of burnt offering was never to go out, implying that it was holy and they possibly took coals of fire to the altar from another source, making the sacrifice unholy. Or the other reason could be that they gave an offering at an unprescribed time. Whatever the reason might be, they didn't obey God and they treated His instructions with disrespect. And that had grave consequences:

'So fire blazed