If you are curious, the rest is behind the cut -- it's a bit long toward the end.
Yes, the holiness of the God of the Christian was impressed upon me tonight.
The particular incident I am referring to takes place in Leviticus chapter 10. There, after two of Aaron's sons (Nadab and Abihu) offered unauthorized fire, they were consumed by the fire of the LORD. It was a point which needed to be made: That God is Holy and Pure, and in order for one to enter His presence, that one must be holy.
Of course, none of us are.
But the story does not end there.
If you read on, later in chapter 10, the two remaining sons of Aaron (Eleazar and Ithamar) erred in their priestly conduct, as well. Were God strictly Just and without Mercy, He would have destroyed these two, as well. Yet, He didn't.
The God of the Christians is indeed Holy, but He is also merciful. Otherwise none of us would be able to stand. We are forgiven through faith in Jesus, and this faith calls the Christian to a new life. Hebrews chapter 12:14-29:
'Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.