the pages of the Old Testament comes the divine record of the cost of
attempting to serve God man’s way instead of strictly God’s way.
The incident is referenced three different places to underscore its
notice: Leviticus 10:1; Number 3:4 and 26:61. Nadab and Abihu, sons
of Aaron offered strange fire before the Lord which He had not
commanded. Immediately, God caused them both to die instantly. Now,
let us examine this unusual incident a little closer.
priests to use fire in the service of the tabernacle? Yes, they were.
They must use fire at the altar of sacrifice. They also used fire at
the altar of incense. However, for specific didactic purposes,
explicit instructions were given as to how this was to be done.
Obedience to the instruction sanctified the Lord in the sight of all
Israel, but disregard for the instructions did just the opposite.
Nadab and Abihu were one up on God: they had a better idea than what
they were told to do. It cost their life.
But wait a minute,
modern man says. Fire is fire, so what difference does it make? It
seems the Old Testament God is harsh and cruel. Well, that is indeed
the mindset of most modern religionists. Perverting Gods instructions
to do things man’s way is called “iniquity” in the Bible. God
will not have it.
But, it seemed so nice and certainly more
palatable to the general populace to make things nicer….put in a
little incense….make a little more show. But it is not what God
commands, neither is it what God will accept.
certainly would not happen today, thanks to the grace of God. Yes,
the teaching period of the Law is done. The adult period of Grace is
ours. But does not one’s actions as an adult have weightier
consequences? If one spends any time at all with Jesus’ sermon on
the mount, Matt. 5-7, he will know the answer is a definite yes.
is for this reason that the oft New Testament call to God’s people
is to be vigilant, to be sober. The incident of Nadab and Abihu
forever testifies that man must not, cannot, serve God man’s way,
but strictly God’s way. Too much is made of a supposed liberty to
interpret scriptures differently. After all, many claim a right to
their opinion. But the truth is that no one has a right to an opinion
on God’s Word. It is not of any private interpretation, and means
what it says. It may seem nice to exclude the blood of Jesus, or the
supposed radical burial in water for baptism by substituting
sprinkling and being added to a church roll. But as drunken as the
world may be on man made religion and the enticement of materialism,
the God we all must face is indeed the very God Who took the life of
Nadab and Abihu who dared to defy the explicit instructions of God to
do what seemed “nicer” to them. Indeed, modern Christians would
do well to consider again Hebrew 10:31 and 12:29.
I don’t really know why the following thoughts
came into my head this morning, but I want to share them. We live in
a world, in a nation (to a great degree), and in a society of fools.
Now, before you call me names and accuse me of judging others, just
ready what follows. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no
God” (Psalm 14:1). And, “The fool hath said in his heart, There
is no God” (Psalm 53:1). Twice in His Word in the Psalms God has
said, “If you do not believe in me, Sir, Madam, you are a
fool.” You see, in our world today there are those who say that
because we believe in, trust in God we are fools. But, long before
the world said, “You are fools for believing in God,” God said to
the unbelieving world, “You are fools for not believing in Me.”
This is not the “am not, are too” arguing of children. This is
the Creator of the universe speaking to His creation which has
suddenly decided, “I can operate on my own. I do not need God.”
So, if you wonder why the world seems out of order and full of chaos
today, it is because mankind, for the most part, has decided that he
can govern himself better than his Creator can.
Preach the whole Bible.
Bible is not full of holes.
can’t keep God
he will keep us
responsibility does a Christian have in the use of his money? May he
actually worship God with it? This is an oft asked question,
especially in lessons and discussions of stewardship. It is asked
because there are tangential extremes that invariably get thrown into
the verbal mix. There is acceptable worship of God with money, but
money is never a substitute for what worship should include.
Old Testament times, God demanded a tenth of one’s increase, even
the first fruits of man, beast, the field, the orchards, and the
vineyards. Wealth or lack thereof was not taken into consideration,
except in the offerings in which the poor could offer birds instead
Under the New Testament era of grace, God’s people
have not received less, but more responsibility, all within the realm
of maturity rather than demand.
But modern times have produced
their own extremities. On one hand, some would have us to always
study to boycott companies that sell what we need when those
companies then use their money wrongly. I do not accept that
responsibility unless the evil is blatant. I cannot be responsible
for what others do with their money. I have enough trouble governing
my own decisions.
On the other hand, one should be aware of his
responsibility to use money wisely. It is hard to claim that there is
no money for God’s work when one is spending God’s money ( yes,
your money is God’s money that you would not have unless He blessed
you with the health and ability to earn it) for alcohol, tobacco,
gambling, and other vices that are a blight on society. Moreover,
what does the widow who gave her last two mites to the work of God
say to us? Anything???
Furthermore, it is not the religious
super-structural programs, but the local, New Testament Churches that
should be the object of our concern in wise stewardship. After all it
is not the tele-evangelist; the cooperative programs; or self-styled
religious programs that visit you in the hospital, conduct funerals,
deliver God’s messages in sermon, song, Bible study, and in
property maintenance commensurate to worship services. It is the
local church which provides these ministries. It is worthy of the
support of all its members. Maintaining it is giving to God and
accepted as such. Personally, I am careful how I spend my money, and
more careful how and where I give it, because I am convicted that is
how the Word teaches me to be.
Without the Word of God
only have a holy hunch,
that simply will not do!
Tell it to them like it is in the Bible,
if they want to argue about it
them to argue with GOD.
The Word of God is more sure