And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”
— Mark 3:11 NKJV
Here we see the demons giving reverence to Jesus, as it says, whenever they saw Him. Whenever we are in the presence of G-d, what is our attitude? Are we reverent towards Him?
Due to what we read in Scripture, many of us Christians tend to take for granted the position that G-d holds, the position that He is. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:15-17 and in Galatians 4:4-7, we are able to cry out to Him as “Abba, Father” and Jesus said in Matthew 23:8-10 that we are to call no man Teacher nor Father because there is only one Teacher and one Father, who is G-d. We read these words and at times approach Him as if we are approaching Santa Claus to sit on his lap and bear our requests. We are all guilty of it.
Now, there is nothing wrong with approaching G-d as our Father or Teacher, but we need to make sure that our attitude is still reverent of who G-d is. He is Holy. To be in His presence is an awesome thing to behold and we must not forget this. Many have died because they did not revere Him accordingly. He is a loving G-d, but He is also one to respect and honor. He is our Creator and is Holy.
Praise the L-RD that He has made a way for us to approach Him through Jesus, the Messiah, our Savior. Let us all approach Him making all our requests known to Him, but with all love and reverence due. If the demons, who are evil, do this, all the more, as children of G-d, we should do this.
“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. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace.”
— Leviticus 10:1-3 NKJV
The position of priest was to not be taken lightly. There were specific instructions that were to be followed and not deviated from. Nadab and Abihu chose to deviate from those instructions. It cost them their lives.
Moses reminded Aaron of the L-RDs instruction. As a pastor/teacher, we must be careful to follow the L-RDs instructions and not deviate from them. We must always regard the L-RD as holy. We must remember that it is G-d who placed us in the position that we are in. It is also G-d who called us. It is also G-d who brought together the congregation that is before us. Nothing of ourselves. Therefore we must always glorify the L-RD individually in our personal time with Him, as well as before all the people. The L-RD is holy and He must be glorified. We can see an example of this with David before the Israelites in 1 Chronicles 29:1-18. As we glorify the L-RD, the congregation will follow.
G-d is holy and all His decisions are right and true. There are consequences for those that disobey the L-RD and we must hold our peace when someone reaps the consequences for their actions as the L-RD carries out their punishment. He is the L-RD and He is Holy.