Sermon #27 Leviticus Sermons
Title: "Strange Fire"
Text: Leviticus 10:1-3
Subject: The Strange Fire Offered by Nadab and Abihu
Date: Sunday Morning – April 10, 2002
Tape # W-84a
Reading: Revelation 20:1-15
Proposition: Man is a fallen creature who continues to fall until he falls into hell, unless God steps in to stop him,--a rebel who continues to rebel until he is cast into hell, unless God converts him by his grace.These facts, to some degree, prepare us for the things recorded in the opening words of Leviticus 10. (Leviticus 10:1-3) "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. 2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace." What a contrast this is to the scene that closed the 9th chapter! -- There everything was done "as the Lord commanded," and the result was, a manifestation of God’s glory. Here something is done which "the Lord commanded them not," and the result is judgment. -- The echo of the shout of victory had hardly died away before the elements of apostasy and spurious worship were prepared! -- No sooner were the sons of Aaron consecrated as priests of God than they deliberately abandoned the worship and service of the Almighty! -- No sooner were those priests inaugurated, than they grievously failed in the discharge of their priestly duties! – Nadab and Abihu "offered strange fire before the Lord" and perished under the manifest wrath of God! I want to talk to you today about the "strange fire" these two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, offered before the Lord.
Divisions: I want to call your attention to three things in these three verses. Let be show you three things about Nadab and Abihu.
They were carried out from the presence of God, carried out from the camp of Israel (v. 4), and cast away in the place of darkness! – They were made to eat the fruit of their own way. They were filled with their own devices!(Proverbs 29:1) "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." God will deal with you on the ground you choose.
Grateful incense this, ascending
Ever to the Father's throne;
Every knee to Jesus bending,
And Christ confessed with every tongue!
All the glory God receiving!
Equal honors to the Son!
In the Son all glory beaming,
Makes the Godhead's glory known.
By the Spirit’s gracious calling,
Sinners ransomed by the Lamb,
Crowned with light and joy unfading
Hail Him as the great "I AM."How our hearts long for that day! How we pant for the day when God our Savior is honored and worshipped everywhere! Blessed be his name, soon our longing hearts shall have their desire! In that day, we shall confess with Sheba's queen, "the half was not told me." Come now. Join me at the throne of grace, as a sinner seeking mercy by the blood and righteousness of Christ, and join me tomorrow at the throne of glory, singing his everlasting praise. (Psalms 115:1) "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." (Revelation 4:11) "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 5:9-14) "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."