“It was on the eighth day, Moses called to Aaron and his sons, and to the elders of Israel.” (Lev.9:1)
This represents the final day of the inauguration ceremony of Aaron and his sons. But it is very significant for other reasons as well. According to Rashi, it is also the first day of the month of Nissan (the first month of the year) and also the day that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) is erected for its service.
But something else happened on this day; something terrible. Aaron’s son’s, Nadab and Abihu, both of whom had spent the entire week in contemplation, preparation, and zealous devotion, were struck down by the LORD for offering “strange fire” (Lev.10:1-2). How could this be?
To begin to understand this, we may need to go backwards in the narrative of the Bible. In fact, all the way back to Creation.
The process of building the
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