STRANGE FIRE

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. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Leviticus 10:1-2 

   I was working on the work barge in the oil fields and our hand-held grinder needed to be replaced. We told the clerk in the office at the platform and a few days later our new grinder arrived.A little later that day we put the spuds down on our jack up barge (see drawing) next to a well and started working. The welding machine was turned on and the welder started fabricating.When he got done, on of the work crew took the new grinder, plugged it into the welding machine and started to grind the welds. In short order the grinder stopped working. Our gang leader was not happy or impressed with the company that made the grinder and ordered another one.When it came, we tested it upstairs in the warehouse and it worked fine. Got out on the barge and motored out to another well we were working on and started up the welding machine. Again, within just a minute, the grinder stopped working.By now, those of you that are reading this, having some experience with electronics, know what the problem was. We were using a grinder that was made for alternating current (AC) but our welding machine was direct current (DC).As a rule of thumb, DC is preferred for welding because: It produces a smoother weld and there is less spatter because of the constant linear direction of the current. It maintains a constant and stable arc and is thus is easier to handle and more reliable than AC current. (Cromweld.com Jun 29, 2020)Once the problem was discovered, our supervisor ordered a grinder that was DC and everything was fine.Now, let’s talk about “strange fire”. The two sons of Aaron disobeyed God by using “strange fire”. Matthew Henry had this to say regarding this incident: 

   “And then their offering strange fire is the same with offering strange incense, which is expressly forbidden, Exod. 30:9. Moses, we may suppose, had the custody of the incense which was prepared for this purpose (Exod. 39:38), and they, doing this without his leave, had none of the incense which should have been offered, but common incense, so that the smoke of their incense came from a strange fire.” (emphasis Henry’s) 

   I see many “Christians” who regularly post what Zodiac sign they are and how that sign relates to their life – strange fire my friends, strange fire. My mother, when I was in high school and my brother in junior high, would read us our horoscope during breakfast. I especially liked it (pre-salvation!) when “romance” was mentioned for my day as I would go looking for it. Strange fire my friends, strange fire!I see others who quote non-Christian religious leaders and discuss how they are trying to live up to or exercise the body of that quote – strange fire my friends, STRANGE FIRE!If you are a Born-Again believer in Jesus Christ, here are His signs – an empty cross, an empty tomb and your decision after salvation to become baptized. The Word can and will provide you with proclamations that will guide you and lead you in this life. Following His will, not the will of someone who is not saved.Do not be fooled or believe in the “strange fire” of these other things that will not save your nor satisfy your soul. There is only One Mediator between God and Man – the Man Christ Jesus.No other. Salvation is found in no other name but the name of Jesus. 

Don’t be an AC Christian trying to get power and run on a DC power source!