a Son of Aaron (Exod. 6:23). He and his brother Abihu "offered strange fire before Jehovah," and were killed because of it, or by it (Lev. 10:1, 2). b Son of Jeroboam king of Israel. He became king after his father's death (I Kings 14:20; 15:25-31). He was a wicked king. c There are two other men by the name of Nadab in the Bible (I Chron. 2:28; 8:30).
Meta. Presumptuous ruling thoughts in the religious consciousness of the individual, and pertaining to the will (priest of Israel and king of Israel). They cause the individual to claim all good arrogantly for self, or to use divine law simply for the gratification of one's personal ambitions and desires. In this way one tempts or makes trial of God, which one should not do (see Matt. 4:7 and Luke 4:12).
It is disastrous, in the end, for one to attempt to demonstrate power, honor, place, position, and abundance for self, and then expect Spirit to protect and back one up in this. Self must be denied and the divine in the individual must be raised to dominion and power, that one may be kept safely and abide in blessings.