False Fire: Making Godly Decisions
May 26, 2002
a place where many have becoming lost in the wilderness.
B. Key verse:
You are to be holy to me£
because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be
my own. Lev. 20:26
C. This book
was written in one location: Mt. Sinai
themes: Offerings/Sacrifices which point to Jesus; Worship of God; Holiness;
Health; the Priesthood
Holy: a word that has caused emotions from
fear to laughter
Wholeness is another to understand this word/not weird but
aware of our own brokenness we long for wholeness
is mentioned 152 times in this book
A. The worship of God
God was still speaking to them was a testimony to His forgiveness
God was allowing His presence to be with them in the form of the cloud and
pillar of fire was a miracle of His Grace
puzzle at how these people could so easily drift from God and dont stop
to assess how we also deal with that same problem. God was craving out a people
for Himself from slaves and cattlemen. He didnt choose a ruling class but
a humble people. This group of slaves had a hard time leaving their old life
behind and extracting themselves from ungodly thinking.
Being in the wilderness had more than one benefit.
B. The preparation for worship
first preparation to meet God was a three day affair
preparation took weeks. Everything they were doing had symbolic meaning to
they were following a pattern given by God to Moses. It was the focus
of the entire nation
what else were they to do
preparation had taken a lot of sacrifice
they were highly invested in
50:5 Gather to me my consecrated ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
C. The presence of God
Imagine God revealing his presence in a visible way
would you respond? What emotions would you experience?
would be exciting!!!
II. The Sin
knew better than take unapproved fire and try to offer it. (Ex. 30:7-9) Fire in
the censors had to come from the altar of sacrifice
nothing else was
accepted by God. God had lit the original fire, Himself. Only His fire was
understands good effort A bruised reed shall he not break, and the
smoking flax shall he not quench (Isa. 42:3).
dont know the detail of their motives or where they got that fire, but we
do know that it was against Gods instructions, and didnt come from
the great altar.
of false fire
works of the flesh no matter how flashy is false fire
False fire can be showy, exciting, burn the incense and even shine
brightly but it is false fire and not accepted by God.
There are practices which some people do that look great are just false
Sometimes we can be deceived by the fiery commitment someone has and
think that it has to be holy. Sincere commitment is not the test of what God
18: 9- 14 Two men went up into the temple
to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and
prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the
week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off,
would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast,
saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
of false message
Moses had that problem and was judged for it. Listen to this and maybe
well get another clue to what God accepts
And the LORD spake
unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of
the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the
land which I have given them.
wants to be set apart by the people, not have Moses or any other leader or
pastor, etc. be the one set apart.
is easy to get caught in the stories people spin for why they are not able to
bless those who curse them and do good to them who
despitefully used them. BUT that is the fire God wants to see. People can
get all fired up about a lot of things but when it comes down to it, what God
accepts is going to be the character of Christ.
Judgment of the offenders
is not the only time God was establishing a principle at the beginning of
something where people died. Well get to a three other priests in Num.
16: Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. In the NT we read about Ananias and
Judgment of the observers
Aaron is stopped from complaining by Moses who told him that he had to
carry on and not grieve or show sympathy for his sons who died. Other relatives
could but Aaron represented God.
there had been a sympathetic demonstration, there would have been trouble.
People today sometimes feel sorry for the wrong person and rather than speak to
a person about holiness, they complain against God for not blessing the
Gods desire for holiness in us remains
Cor. 16:17 come out from among them and be separate
1:4 we chosen in Christ to be holy
Peter 1:15-16 Be holy
Jesus has provided the way
desires for us to make clear decisions
Immediately after this, God institutes a new law. The priest shall not
drink wine so that they could
make good decisions between right and wrong
teach others Gods statutes
everything that smells good is good
incense burnt with false fire smelled the same of that burnt with true
Pastor Bob Fromm, North
Valley Calvary Chapel, 613 Bogue Road, Yuba City, CA 95991