Leviticus 8:23-24 – And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
The Glory of the Lord
In Leviticus 8 Moses and Aaron and his sons are participating in Sacrifices that consecrate them and the people before the Lord. When all the sacrifices are finished, Moses and Aaron go into the tabernacle to finish the procedure. They come out and the Glory of the LORD shows up to the people, fire from God Consumes the offering on the altar and the people are amazed by God’s Glory, his presence, and even his power (the fire).
The only logical reaction to that display of God’s glory is to fall on your face and honor him. To keep that moment sacred, to keep it real. I’ve experienced times in God’s presence where all I could do is bow, and be still and just rest in his presence. Sometimes I think God wants to remind us to be amazed by his goodness, by his power, by his love, and when he shows up we need to stop and take the time to be still and know that he is God.
Imposter Glory – Nadab and Abihu
In the next chapter however, we see that two of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, didn’t want to stop and wait. Instead they tried to manufacture an experience that would bring about God’s glory, and God responds immediately by destroying them. God’s glory is not something that we can command, and his presence is not something that we should just expect to be able to manufacture in our church gatherings. God’s glory will show up, but we can’t command it. We can only prepare our heart for his glory. And we can be preparing our hearts everyday, and some days we will feel very near to God. And some days we may not, but that should not change the status of our hearts.
Don’t try to manufacture the presence of God. God takes that offense very serious, instead rennovate your heart to be ready for when God’s presence is revealed.