1 Chronicles 24:2a “But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no sons.”


 If you read this account of Nadab and Abihu’s deaths it may appear that they just died young.  You have to go back to Leviticus 10 to find out why they died.  As sons of Aaron they were anointed as priests, but the Word says they offered “strange fire” at the tabernacle.  They obviously were not following the Law as given by God through Moses, and God killed them there on the spot.

It is always sad when a child dies before his parents.  That’s not the way it is supposed to happen, right?  No parent should have to bury their child. But here we see that Nadab and Abihu were being disobedient and rebellious, which resulted in their untimely death.  The same can happen today.


Children who deliberately spit at God and deny His supremacy risk punishment and the consequences of sin.  No parent wants to hear that, I know.  No parent wants to see their child suffer or even die for their sins. But I bet you can name people you know who have lost children to drugs, drunk driving or violent lifestyles.  Sin has consequences.  That hasn’t changed.

How do you, as parents, protect your children from making these kind of wrong choices?  How do you guard their hearts from being lured away by the world?  All you can do is pray and saturate their minds with His Word. You have to live it yourselves. Don’t be a hyprocrite.  Don’t say, “Do as I say, not as I do.”  And once you’ve done all that, give them over to God.

This may sound harsh for a devotional.  I guess it is, but it is what the Word says.  God is still a holy, righteous, jealous God who requires us to honor and uphold His name.  We can’t be called His child and live like the devil.  If that is you today, repent and return to righteous living.  Amen?

Lord, I know I come short too many days of living up to Your standards.  Help me to honor Your name by living a life that exemplifies You.  Help me teach others to do the same.


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