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Strange Fire


Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over it. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him a different kind of fire than he had commanded. So fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD meant when he said, `I will show myself holy among those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people.’ " And Aaron was silent. Leviticus 10:1-3

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron. They had been anointed as priests by God and had accompanied Moses partway up Mount Sinai and had seen God. In an act of disobedience they took fire from another source other than God’s alter and for this reason, God consumed them. They had been taught by their father all they needed to know to be a priest. They knew the correct way of offering incense, so what caused them to do this? It is not told us. Perhaps it was pride, drunkenness, or just plain stupidity we don’t know. It could be that because they were sons of the high priest that they thought they were immune to God’s punishment. Basically, they had mocked God’s holiness with their presumption and that was their sin.

Today so many in the body of Christ want to be in positions of leadership. They want to involved in one of the glamour ministries such as being a pastor, teacher, prophet, evangelist, apostle, worship leader, singer, etc. Many don’t understand the cost that is involved with being in one of these positions. They want the prestige. When a person is called to one of these positions they are called to a separated life, a holy life. God always confirms your calling through 2 or 3 witnesses. To presume that you are called without that is a dangerous thing. James 1:3 says "Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness." Christians in these potions are held to a greater accountability as they are the leaders and can cause many to stumble if they fall. To presume that God won’t punish you for sin if you are in a position such as these, is sure to bring strong judgement. A number years ago there was a well known televangelist that preached holiness. One day it was discovered that he had been meeting with a prostitute at a motel. His ministry came crashing down very quickly. He later confessed that he believed he was immune and presumed that God would not judge him. He was offering up strange fire in his meetings. Many fell away because of his sin. You can not be in a position of leadership without a holy walk. To presume otherwise will bring you to nothing but destruction.

 

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog. Turn your space settings from private to public.

 

 

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Comments on: "Strange Fire" (8)

  1. I really like your site a friend found it for me. can I add you to my msn?

  2. Hello! its me again, haha thanx for poppin in to my space and letting me in on more about jerusalem.God bless you and your family

  3. hello i just popped by to say congratulations on winning the awesome space award well deserved and no hard feelings cos i only came 3rd lol only joking .. take care xxxx

  4. HALL-E-LU-JAH! Gerry! What an awesome message. It\’s not about the gifts or the positioning. The plumb line in the church is our CHARACTER. I gotta tell you, I\’m lovin\’ these messages to the church brother. It truly is a work crafted with the integrity of God.Bless you!Jason

  5. ~SUPER GRL~ said:

    I\’m 12 years old and sometimes i think being a follower of Jesus Christ is hard mostly cause of friends who don\’t believe and won\’t listen to you when you try to tell them the truth. But it\’s nice to know that I\’m not alone and that i\’m not the only Jesus Freak. I love christ more than anything else and plan to never stop loving him. Next summer i\’m going on a missionary trip to Guatamala and i\’m really looking forward to it but i just wanted to let you know i think it\’s really great to have people like you in this world.your sister in christ

  6. Thank you for this wonderful message. I see so many times in my Church, as well as others, people who just want to be known as the one doing this or that, and they don\’t really have the calling to do this or that. It is difficult to see those things happen especially when they do fall. My husband and I pray all the time that we are following Gods call and not our own ambition, or for the title of pastor. Thank you for your words, very encouraging.Blessings,Bethany.

  7. Michelle E. J. Knowles said:

    Love your site! At your invitation, I\’m gonna take that picture & copy it into my site. Keep looking up! 🙂

  8. YOU rock because you believe in god

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