“11 But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal Redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:11-12
If our worship is not based on Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross, it is strange fire. Sadly, many believe that any fire will do. All true worship is praise but not all praise is worship.
“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.” Leviticus 10:1-2
Nadab and Abihu did not understand the importance of offering fire only from the Brazen Altar, the Altar of Sacrifice which typified what Jesus would do on the Cross, and poured coals of fire from another place on the Altar of Incense. They were in effect saying there was no sacrifice needed to offer up praise and that any fire would do.
The only way to God is through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus without the Cross is another Jesus. It is Who Jesus is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross that affords the Child of God access to the Holy of Holies…not just any fire will do.
“And, having made peace through the Blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven.” Colossians 1:20
Not just any fire will do. Recognize strange fire and turn away.
-Donna Clark Warren