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Profane Fire


"Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to the Lord" (Lev.10:1)

Nadab and Abihu were consumed by the very profane fire that they offered. To be quite sure, I don't completely understand the reason for their fate, and it seems to be harsh punishment, much like that of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts five. I do understand Moses explanation to Aaron two verses later... "Among those that approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored" (V 3). The fire offered by Nadab and Abihu has been called profane, unauthorized, and strange. In whatever they did wrong, their mistake was in offering that which was not commanded by God. Although the earthly consequences are not as dire, when we approach God in worship, we are to do what He has commanded us to do. Moses' explanation still rings true today. In our worship, we must regard God as Holy. In our worship, we must glorify and honor God. If this were not so, God would just like one of us "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa.55:8-9). Though we certainly do not offer fire for sacrifices to the Lord in these New Testament days, we must do what God has revealed for the time appropriate to us. It is very easy for us to become complacent in our service to God. When this happens, it shows in our worship and service to Him. Our worship is to be that of conviction and not of convenience. Peter wrote: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Pet.5:6). We must remind ourselves constantly to regard God as Holy and properly glorify Him in our worship and service to Him... Jesus said to the woman at the well: "God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth" (Jn.4:24). Lets always do what honors God... No profane fire..

Have a great start to your week.. Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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