Warning: this article is more for me than public consumption. I want to come back to study this point but don’t have time at the moment.
Leviticus gets a bad wrap as far I am I concerned. Sure, it is one of the few books full of do’s and don’ts but it also shows just the depth of depravity humans will stoop to. It is a kind of snapshot of the troubles with all humanity. After all there were and still are in some occasions,really people looking to do the things God forbid.
But one passage I really struggled with was the passage of the death of Nadab and Abihu. They were the sons of Aaron who offered up unauthorized or strange fire before the Lord. As a result of not following God’s prescription for his own worship they were struck down instantly.
This passage is a major proof text for those who believe in what is called the Regulatory Principle. If you aren’t familiar with the Regulatory Principle of Worship it is summerized in the idea that the Bible tell us explicitly how we are to worship God and implicitly excludes everything else. So if the Bible doesn’t say it we can’t do it. Taken to the extreme this would mean we can sing only the psalms, and can not sing the name of Jesus.
I really don’t know much past that and while I don’t believe it is a sin to sing the name of my savior I do wonder if there is still a particular way in which God desires to be worshiped? I always seem to be writing in a hurry and I wish I had more time to study these types of things out.