This is a seemingly unusual action by the Lord, in that Nadab and Abihu had offered incense before the Lord, without provocation from the Lord. It's important to understand that a priest acts for God on behalf of the people. Mal. 2:7,
"For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the
law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the ...
"Unauthorized" sounds like forbidden, but Leviticus does not say what not to offer, just what to offer.
But it does. When God says to do something in a specific way, He thereby prohibits doing it in any other way. The offering of incense was to be done in a very specific way.
We follow the same principle at a restaurant; after you have placed your order, ...
This is quite uncomplicated.
In Leviticus 4 we have the instructions for (V2)
one who sins unintentionally against any of the LORD’s commandments
and does what is forbidden by them
By contrast, Leviticus 9 is part of the narrative in Lev 8 & 9 which describes the ordination/initiation/consecration of the High priesthood of Aaron.
Thus, the ...
The reference in Ezekiel seems to be to prepare the sanctuary at the beginning of the year and prior to the Passover season. The sacrifice of a bull for atonement is for the community, not an individual. I suppose a bull is for a Priest that sins as well - Lev. 4:3.
There are a couple of different places that mention unintentional sin of an individual:
The word translated "consecration" is מִלֻּא (millu) meaning "setting" or "installation" and has two different uses:
It can mean a setting for a stone, eg, Ex 25:7, 35:9, 27, 1 Chron 29:2, etc
Setting something or someone apart for a special use in the sense that the object or person is installed as a consecrated person as a ...
BDAG makes a very similar comment as that which begins the OP - fire when not literal is used as a symbol of testing and final judgement, and a few other things.
Literal uses of "Fire"
Matt 17:15 - “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
Luke 22:55 - When ...
At the ceremony when a new priest dressed in his liturgical vestments for the first time and received the congregation there was a special sacrifice. We can read more about it in Leviticus 8:22-30 (KJV)
And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he slew it; and Moses took of ...
In Ps 92:4 (MT) or Ps 92:3 in English Bibles, the reference to עָשׂוֹר (asor) is almost certainly to an instrument rather than tithe for the following reasons:
עָשׂוֹר never means one tenth but usually means either 10 days (Gen 24:55) or, the tenth day of the month (Lev 16:29, 23:27, 25:9, Eze 24:1, 40:1, Ex 12:3, etc) or a ten stringed instrument (Ps 33:2, ...
In Exodus 30, the formula for the incense is given. This is accompanied by the injunction that Nadab and Abihu disobeyed:
Never use this formula to make incense for yourselves. It is reserved for the Lord, and you must regard it as sacred. (Exodus 30:37)
By trying to carry out the process by themselves, without a command from the Lord, they broke this ...
“Now, Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective
firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and
offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them.
And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and
they died before the Lord.”
I suppose the questions that arise are, what is ...