Who was Nadab in the Bible?

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    What do you know about Nadab in the Bible?


    Nadab was the first son of Aaron and one of Israel’s early priests

    “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—
    Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.” EXODUS 28:1 ESV

    It’s not what you know, but who you know” can only get you so far. In the end, you will still be held responsible for your own actions.
    As Aaron’s firstborn son, Nadab witnessed the plagues in Egypt, saw God’s people delivered through the Red Sea, and enjoyed the daily
    manna delivered to the Hebrew camp (Exodus 16). He tasted the waters of Marah and Elim (Exodus 15), saw water flow from a rock (Exodus 17), and probably saw for himself the tablets containing the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Being the son of Aaron and the nephew of Moses, Nadab certainly had a front-row seat from which to witness God’s
    miraculous show of power.
    Nadab also became one of Israel’s first priests—a position that he qualified for because he descended from Aaron. He represented the people’s sacrifices and concerns to God and helped care for the holy
    objects of worship. Because of his position, he was allowed to approach God on Mt. Sinai along with seventy elders of Israel (Exodus 24:1, 9).
    But pedigree and position did not spare Nadab and his brother from God’s judgment when they made an offering to God that did not meet His holy standards. Nadab and his brother were instantly killed, providing the people with a powerful reminder that God’s holiness is not to be taken lightly by anyone.


    Nadab was the son of Aaron, the older brother of Moses and the first high priest of Israel.
    According to the Bible, Nadab was appointed to this position after the death of his father, Aaron, and he served in this role for two years.

    Nadab is first mentioned in the book of Exodus, where he is described as one of the two sons of Aaron who were ordained as priests by Moses. Along with his brother Abihu, Nadab assisted Aaron in the construction and dedication of the Tabernacle, a portable tent-like structure that served as the center of worship for the Israelites in the wilderness.

    Despite his privileged position as a priest, Nadab is not mentioned frequently in the Bible. However, he does play a significant role in one of the most tragic events in the history of the Israelites. According to the book of Leviticus, Nadab and his brother Abihu offered “strange fire” to God in the Tabernacle, which was a violation of the rules for worship. As a result, God struck them down and they died.

    This event serves as a reminder of the importance of following the rules and regulations set forth by God, and the consequences that can result from disobedience. It also highlights the great responsibility that came with being a priest in ancient Israel, and the need to approach the duties of this role with humility and respect.


    Here are a few Bible verses that mention Nadab, the son of Aaron:

    Exodus 6:23 – “Aaron married Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Aaron, Moses, and their sister, Miriam.” (Nadab is listed here as one of Aaron’s children.)

    Exodus 28:1 – “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.” (Here, Nadab is ordained as a priest along with his brother Abihu and his cousins Eleazar and Ithamar.)

    Leviticus 10:1 – “Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.” (This verse describes the event in which Nadab and Abihu offered “strange fire” to God and were struck down as a result.)

    Numbers 26:61 – “Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord.” (This verse confirms the death of Nadab and Abihu as a result of their disobedience.)

    Here are a few more Bible verses that mention Nadab:

    Exodus 6:18 – “The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. The length of Kohath’s life was 133 years.” (Nadab’s father Aaron is listed here as the son of Kohath.)

    Exodus 40:16 – “So Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.” (Nadab is not mentioned by name in this verse, but it does describe the construction and dedication of the Tabernacle, which he participated in as a priest.)

    Numbers 3:2-4 – “These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he ordained to serve as priests. But Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of Aaron their father.” (This passage provides more information about Nadab and his role as a priest, as well as the tragic event in which he and his brother Abihu died.)

    Leviticus 10:6 – “Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, ‘Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the Lord has destroyed by fire.” (This verse describes the mourning that occurred after the deaths of Nadab and Abihu.)

    Numbers 3:32-34 – “The numbered of the Levites, just as the Lord commanded Moses, were: the son of Kohath, Korah; the son of Korah, Assir; the son of Assir, Elkanah; the son of Elkanah, Abiasaph; the son of Abiasaph, Korah; the son of Korah, Izhar; the son of Izhar, Zechariah; the son of Zechariah, Meraioth; the son of Meraioth, Amariah; the son of Amariah, Ahitub; the son of Ahitub, Zadok; the son of Zadok, Ahimaaz.” (This passage lists the descendants of Aaron, including Nadab, in the genealogy of the Levites.)

    Deuteronomy 10:6 – “The sons of Aaron: Eleazar and Ithamar. But Aaron the priest died, and they became the priests in his place.” (This verse mentions Nadab’s death and the fact that his brother Eleazar and cousin Ithamar took over as priests after his death.)

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