Friday, February 10, 2017

"Don't Stand Too Close to the Power of God"

Leviticus 9.24-10.2 “The Message”

Fire blazed out from GOD and consumed the Whole-Burnt-Offering and the fat pieces on the Altar. When all the people saw it happen they cheered loudly and then fell down, bowing in reverence.

“That same day Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, took their censers, put hot coals and incense in them, and offered “strange” fire to GOD — something GOD had not commanded. Fire blazed out from GOD and consumed them — they died in GOD’s presence.”

There’s a simple but critical message here. Do what God says; no more, no less. The power of God at the Tabernacle in the wilderness was undeniable and won the applause of millions of viewers. The entire nation “cheered loudly and then fell down bowing in reverence.” The priests, specifically Aaron and his four sons became overnight sensations. They were somehow connected to this God whose magical and intoxicating power was invested in the priests of the Tabernacle.

If a small demonstration of His amazing presence was good, more was better; or so thought two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu. They devised a plan. The young celebrities  would make a repeat performance. Let’s see… the last time they placed an offering on the altar in the sight of the people, stood back and presto! “Fire blazed our from GOD and consumed the Whole-Burnt-Offering”. They may imagined, “Let’s do it again. This is a pretty cool trick. A great way to meet girls”. As priests, Aaron and his sons enjoyed instant acclaim. They were on a roll and Nadab and Abihu would keep it going.

Nadab and Abihu threw another offering on the altar in the sight of the people, stood back and presto! It happened again, only this time, with a slight twist... “Fire blazed out from GOD and consumed them”. God’s incendiary path took a slight turn and Nadab and Abihu “died in GOD’s presence.”

When, on occasion, God chooses you through whom to demonstrate His mighty power, try not to gather credit or stage a repeat performance. Remain one of the gang marveling at what He did. That you were central to the amazing event is immaterial. He could have used anyone. Stand back and gaze upon the miraculous with the onlookers. After God uses you, blend back into the crowd. Don’t stand too close to the power of God. You might get burned.

The well known photograph of a movie audience is wearing 3-D (3D) glasses was taken by J. R. Eyerman on November 26, 1952 at Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California and later appeared in LIFE magazine. This was the opening night screening of "Bwana Devil," the 1st full length, color 3-D (aka "Natural Vision") motion picture.

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