August 11, 2017
I awoke around 3:30 this morning and heard the words, “Strange Fire.” Not altogether sure why I was hearing these words, after a quick search, I found the reference in Leviticus 10. Moses had given specific instruction to Aaron and his sons, Nadab and Abihu to prepare themselves, to prepare their sacrifices and to carry out their burnt offerings a very specific way, as ordered by God. Through Chapter 9, they followed the instructions to the letter and the fire of God fell and consumed their offering that was on the altar. As a result, the people shouted and fell on their faces. The very next thing we read is that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, grabbed up their censers, placed fire in them and burned incense in them which God had not commanded. Immediately, the fire of God came down and smote them both. Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when He said, ‘I will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored.” (Leviticus 10:3 AMP)
When you read through earlier chapters in Leviticus, you find a specific process was ordered by God and was carried out to consecrate (set apart) Aaron and his sons for service to the Lord. They were no longer free agents, left to their own devices and their own will.
As I was searching out the Greek and Hebrew meanings and sort of questioning in my heart what this all meant, I heard the Lord say, “Do not offer Me strange fire (what is done in our own will) but that which is holy (what He has chosen). I want your reverence. I want your full ‘yes.'”
I was still somewhat in a quandary as to why I was hearing this and specifically what He was saying. I looked up “reverence” next. It is the Hebrew word “Yārē” and it means “to fear” or “to respect.” It means “to fear God” or “the fear of the Lord.”
As I was considering this, I heard the Lord say, “What I have cleansed and purified, I have made holy. Do not dishonor Me with strange fire (doing things your own way). What I consecrate (set apart) is for My purpose. You are no longer your own, but Mine.”
I immediately understood this meant that we are not to be flippant about our salvation or calling. We are not to disregard something He’s said we should do and go about it our own way. It’s irreverent and it’s what cost Nadab and Abihu their lives. God is Holy.
So, what does a consecrated life look like today, in a New Testament world?
It looks like Jesus. He only did what He saw the Father do. He did nothing of His own accord (John 5:19-20). He fasted. He prayed. He set Himself apart to do His Father’s work. He lived His life as a living sacrifice, not doing His will, but the will of the One Who sent Him (John 6:38). In the garden of Gethsemane, we hear Him say to the Father, “yet not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42). Everything Jesus did, everywhere that He went was at the direction of His Father, guided by the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:15 says, “But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.”
What does that mean? The word “Holy” is the Greek word “hágios” and it means “set apart; sanctified; consecrated.” It means to “abstain from the earth’s defilement.” It also means, “without blemish.”
HOLINESS is key. The Word of God says, “Without it, no man will see the Lord.”
I pray your hearts will be stirred today, as mine has been. May we seek to learn His ways and reverence Him, for He is Holy and He is Worthy.