Dying for foolishness

1 Chronicles Bible Background

05.28.2017 Old Testament: 1Ch 24.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 23–25 on May 28, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

What do you know about Nadab and Abihu? If you know them at all, you probably know them for offering fire to the Lord that He did not authorize. For violating His holiness, they paid the ultimate price,

Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children; therefore Eleazar and Ithamar ministered as priests (1 Chronicles 24.1–2). 

The older brothers could have gone down famously in history, but instead they are infamous. They died before their time, for they never had children. Plenty of people, both in and out of Scripture, die without children, Jesus and Paul among the most famous, but in the case of Nadab and Abihu, it was a mark against them, because they died for their own foolishness and sin.


  • Do you remember the Lord’s holiness in all that you do?

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