In the Old Testament God resided with his people in the Tabernacle. Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, were destroyed because they did not regard as “holy” the presence of God in the Tabernacle. In 10:3, Moses rebukes Aaron about his responsibility to regard the presence of God amidst the people as “holy” as way of explanation for the death of his two sons.

God does not dwell in tabernacles or temples today. But he is just as protective of his presence on earth as He was in Leviticus Chapter 10. Paul writes to the Corinthians who are amidst internal strife and discord as some prefer to follow one preacher over another. I believe that Paul may have in mind Moses explanation to Aaron from Leviticus 10:3, when he writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17… He says: “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you. God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.”

That’s why Paul pleads with the Believers as he begins 1st Corinthians. He writes in Chapter 1, verse 10,”Let there be real harmony so there won’t be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”