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Lev 10:1-11

STRANGE FIRE

Feb 14, 1971 am


NOT ALL THAT GLOWS TODAY IS LIGHT FROM GOD, AND CONFUSION IS THE RULE FOR OUR GENERATION

  • Just as false fire was presented to God 2,400 years ago, we have strange fires burning today.
  • Whether we are warmed by God's fire or consumed - depends upon our own action in faith.
  • We need to know the difference, so we can be touched with living fire, not destroyed.

Listen carefully, and pray for understanding, for some never learn until too late!

NADAB AND ABIHU SPARKED A STRANGE FIRE 

God was leading Israel one step at a time, and providing them with all they needed - 9:24

BUT A STRANGE FIRE WAS OFFERED BEFORE THE LORD (10:1), PRODUCED BY MAN'S WORKS, NOT BY GOD

  • The Altar Fire had been promised by the Lord, and delivered - and not to go out - 6:9,13.
  • But Nadab (Liberal) and Abihu (God is Father) turned to their own way instead of God's way.
  • The same story of the offering of Cain and Abel - the "liberal' had his own program - New Way -

THEIR STRANGE FIRE BROUGHT FORTH A STRANGE DEATH FOR THEM - 10:2 - GOD JUDGED THEM INSTANTLY

  • The Bible states that a fire went out from the Lord and devoured them - v.2 - but not their garments - v.5.
  • This lesson had to be repeated in Num 11:1, and 16:35 - action of God's fire killing men!
  • Some would judge God and condemn Him, but I say God had a reason for His judgement - man's sin.

THEN GOD GAVE A STRANGE COMMANDMENT TO AARON AND HIS SONS (10:6) - THEY WERE NOT TO MOURN THE DEAD

  • These were their sons and brothers who died - but Moses said -NO- lest wrath come on all!
  • There are many natural joys and sorrows that God's special servants must deny themselves in order to minister.
  • Perhaps one of the real problems in this story is shown in v.9 - these men were drunk on spirits.

This was a terrible thing to happen to priests of God - ponder this in your heart and learn.

MEN TODAY STILL OFFER STRANGE FIRE

God has provided the pure gospel in the Lord - but Satan is quick to corrupt this pure gospel.

THERE IS A STRANGE FIRE BURNING EVEN WITHIN THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD; WATCH OUT FOR IT!

  • For some, near emotionalism, hot sensationalism thrills them (crackling of thorns) no heat - burn - flash
  • Some must have intellectualism; the preacher with words of angels - oratory, ceremony - not love
  • Some seek feverish activity - young converts often try to do everything - no growth in depth (see parable of sower & seed)

THERE IS A STRANGE FIRE THAT HAS UTTERLY CONSUMED SOME CHURCHES

  • The Communists set out to capture the churches - and the liberals are definite fellow travelers!
  • Anyone that watches the news can see churches financing the Black Panthers - terrorism in Africa.
  • In Chicago, one clergyman boasted of guiding 1,205 women in abortions - 

BUT THERE ARE OTHER STRANGE FIRES BURNING IN THE WORLD, CLAIMING TO BE RELIGIOUS; LOOK AND WONDER

  • Some of the "street people" are very bold in their witnessing - Jesus freaks?  I wonder.
  • Some very definitely have a strange new fire - but see if it edifies the family, church.
  • Some use the broken cross (peace symbol), practice black magic, rites of witchcraft - cannibalism!

With all this, how can a person find the true fire of the Lord?  It is in the Gospel!

GOD HAS NOT CHANGED - HE STILL SAVES

God asks that we believe in Him, believe Him, and then obey His commandments - read the Bible for yourself!

MEN HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO NO LONGER FEAR THE LIVING GOD, BUT TO BE FEARFUL OF MANKIND

  • Heb 10:27 - warning of judgment and fiery indignation - used to scare people of HELL FIRE!
  • But today the fires of a thousand little worries terrify people, and they forget God and eternity
  • We live in growing fear - ecology, war, overpopulation, pollution - men's hearts fail them!

MEN NEED TO FEAR THE FIRES OF GOD'S CONSUMING WRATH, AND THE FIRES OF ETERNAL HELL!

  • The Bible says God has reserved ungodly men unto a fiery judgment - II Pet 3:7
  • God's judgment is a consuming fire - Heb 12:29, and He will take vengeance - II Thes 1:8
  • And men take fire to their bones - alcohol - and fire to their bosom - lust - and ignore the penalty - fire

MEN NEED TO SEEK THE LIGHT OF LIFE AS IS GIVEN TO US IN JESUS CHRIST, AND HIS BAPTISM OF FIRE

  • Fire is the symbol of the presence of God- and the Israelites knew it from the pillar of fire-
  • Fire is also the symbol of the gift of life - and John described Jesus' Baptism - Matt 3:11, Acts 2:2
  • When you walk close to God, you find His fire strangely warms your heart - Luke 24:32

And when you speak for God - He  prepares your lips with a coal from His altar - Isa 6:6

HAVE YOU BEEN TOUCHED WITH THE LIVING FIRE OF THE LORD, OR ARE YOU OFFERING STRANGE FIRE?

  • God is not fooled - He knows your heart - who do you fear to displease the most - God or man?
  • I urge you - come to the Lord Jesus - for in Him is the light of life - come God's way!
  • Be a part of a church that tries to do things God's way - with God's fire!