So why did Moses sprinkle blood on the garments of his brother and nephews (8:30)?
The clue to 10:2 is in 9:24. God sent His fire to burn the offerings. The “strange” fire offered by Nadab and Abahu probably means that instead of keeping God’s fire going they kindled their own. This is a stark reminder to us of the great importance of obeying God.
The “which He had not commanded them” of 10:1 reminds me that in Switzerland everything is legal unless there is a law against it; while in Germany nothing is legal unless there is a law permitting it. The theology of these two countries also reflects the same notion. Which of these views do you think is correct? Why?
Various reasons are given for which animals are clean and which are not (Chapter 11). But I think the simple fact is that this is just one of the many ways that God was setting His people apart–they were to be different from other people. The main way they were to be different is that the Savior of the world would be one of them, but they also were to be most devoted to Him. They, however, got caught up in the ritual and missed the importance of the meanings behind it.
In the first couple of verses of Psalm 25 David asks God to keep him from being shamed by his enemies and states that in fact God does such for all who “wait upon the Lord.” Yet in verse 11 he asks for pardon because his sin is so enormous.