8 Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate.
The breastplate contained the Urim and Thummim, which were used to learn the will of God; we don’t know exactly what they were, but they were used in a manner of discerning God’s will. You will only see their use in the Old Testament.
14 And he brought the bull for the sin offering. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering,
The laying on of hands was symbolic of the sin being passed from Aaron to the animal which was going to be sacrificed. Again, all these are foreshadows of what Jesus did for us, our sins were passed on to Him and permanently dealt with when He was sacrificed on the cross.
2 And he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.
Without blemish was key to the sacrificial system, a foreshadow of Jesus the perfect unblemished lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.
23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, 24 and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
Imagine what it must have been like when this took place. No wonder the people fell on their faces.
1 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
We don’t know specifically what Nadab and Abihu’s sin was, but can safely presume it had to do with their attitudes and casual approach to their role as priests. We must never take lightly our responsibility to accurately represent the Lord in everything we do.
8 Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying: 9 “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations,
We can deduce from this Scripture that alcohol may have played a part in Nadab and Abihu’s misrepresenting the Lord. My stepfather was an alcoholic as well as other members of my family. Alcohol is a tool of Satan to destroy the work that God wants to do in people’s lives. We must be on guard for how destructive it can be.