Straight Arrows Hit Their Mark. That is a headline the Holy Spirit woke me up with. Have you ever played pick up sticks? That’s what it felt like. I had been stuck in Exodus 24 and 32 for days. The two different scenes were emblazoned in my mind. In Exodus 24, 70 children of Israel’s elders, along with Moses, Aaron, and two of Aaron’s sons were in the presence of the Lord on the mountain.
In Exodus 32 Moses was confronting Aaron about the golden calf he had fashioned with his own two hands. You might wonder how this connected for me. Aaron’s two sons offered profane fire (Leviticus 10) and God killed them. Aaron departed from the Lord by creating a god.
How could Aaron do what he did? He was raised in a Hebrew home. His parents were of the priestly tribe of Levi. How could Nadab and Abihu depart so from their upbringing? Hebrews 3:12 says that we depart from God because of an evil heart of unbelief.
Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu were in the presence of Holy God. Exodus 24:10-11 says, “And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity…So they saw God and they ate and drank.”
Whew! Capture the scene in your mind. How do you think it would have affected the rest of your life? 2 Chronicles 5:13 says that the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud. Verse 14 says, “So that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” That’s the power of His Presence.