February 9th, 2018
Strange Fire: A Disobedient and Deadly Decision
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. (Leviticus 10:1-2 KJV)
This strange fire referred to was an offering to the Lord emitting a peculiar odor rather than a sweet-smelling fragrance pleasing to the Lord. God gave mankind strict details in His law about the structure necessary in giving Him an acceptable offering upon His altar.
Though today we do not live in ancient biblical times nor are we subject to God’s law. Rather we can choose to receive God’s gift of grace. However, a genuine child of God cannot offer God just whatever he or she feels like or give whatever is pleasing to himself. Nor can a person consciously choose to offer God less than his very best. God desires and deserves to be honored and glorified with our every sacrifice and offering as well as be pleased with the direction of our lives.
A man of God cannot be a mediocre Christian and expect God to accept or be gratified by his offering a disobedient or rebellious gift at the altar. Just as Nadab and Abihu elected to offer God a sacrifice less than their best which was spiritually unpleasant or odoriferous to God’s nostrils, our poor choices will certainly raise a spiritual stink immediately reaching God in heaven.
Not only is it a poor choice to give God our leftovers and seconds as our best, but it is a rebellious choice. Doing so had sudden and eternal ramifications for these two men. Nadab and Abihu swiftly found God could no longer use them as willing vessels on this earth as He quickly terminated their physical lives.