The Strange Fire was Unauthorized Fire was used in 5 offerings – Burnt 6:13 – Meal 2:2 – Peace 3:5 – Sin 4:6-12 – Trespass 7:5 Carnal enthusiasm is no substitute for worshiping God properly – I Tim 3:15 – Jn 4:24 – Jos 24:14 Must worship God according to how He wants Three Points – Jer 37:17 The Priest of God – II Jn 9 The Punishment from God – Col 3:17The Prohibitions from God
The Priest of God v1 Their Position – They were priest---They represented the people before God – Today we all are priest – I Pet 2:9 Their Performance – It was the their job to preform this ceremony – There was a certain way they were commanded to do their duty – God did not find fault with them using the censer or the incense – There are certain things that God expects us to do in our worship to him – There are 5 acts of worship (singing, praying, teaching, communion, giving) Their Presumption – Strange fire was fire that was not authorized by God – They did not think it made a difference with the type of fire used – God does not have to tell us what not to do----he only tells us what He wants us to do!
The Punishment From God v2-7 Character of the punishment was Death 2 – The fire was not a consuming fire---it was a flash of fire that struck them dead – The punishment was immediate Heb 2:1-3 Cause for the punishment was Disobedience 3 – God is not man---We cannot offer anything to God and expect him to accept it Mal 1:8 – God will be glorified whether by obedience or disobedience! (Pharaoh) Carriers after the punishment were Directed 4-5 – Were commanded to take dead body outside the camp – Anyone who was defiled by a dead body Num 5:2 Constraint over the punishment was Determined 6-7 – Aaron nor his sons were allowed to show any outward signs of mourning – Had to acknowledge the justice of punishment---prove submission to divine punishment
The Prohibitions From God v8-11 Intoxication by strong drink v8-9a – God does not condone the consumption of alcoholic beverages! Desecration of the sanctuary v9b – God’s house is sacred (special and deserves respect) – God does not need us to do anything for him Ps 51:17 Contamination of the sacred v10 – The church is not a concert! – The church is a place of worship and instruction! – The church should be different Starvation of the scripture v11 – The reason why people do unauthorized things in worship is because they are not following the Bible – The Bible is our guide – Where there is no Scripture there is no Structure II Tim 3:16-17
Lessons Learned Is any Fire just Fire NO!----Is any Worship just Worship NO! Is any Church just as good as another NO! Is any Music just Music NO! We cannot tamper unauthorized things in worship Everything must be of Faith Rom 10:17, Heb 10:6 There is serious danger when mixing the secular with the spiritual! Presumption in God’s worship is sin----They chose their own way of thanking and praising God Unauthorized practices in worship is displeasing to God