There are many times in Scripture where God answers by fire from above. Today we look at one of those in the book of Leviticus:
“And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” Leviticus 9:24
What does the fire have to do with the scarlet thread of redemption which flows throughout all of Scripture? It has much to do with it; but I will probably not begin to touch the surface of its true power, and instruction.
Most likely the first time it was seen, though not mentioned directly, is in the sacrifice offered by Abel in Genesis 4:4 and God had respect unto Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. The LORD probably answered by fire to show His approval of the offering.
In our text for today God is showing His approval on the leadership of Moses and Aaron in their worship and upon the worship in holiness. The fire shows us the holiness of God and His acceptance of holiness when He sees it. We cannot manufacture the fire of God; His acceptance. There is much in worship today that is manufactured; put on and forward as worship which is more a show, entertainment, than worship; and with that I am sure the LORD is not well pleased.
The sons of Aaron; Nadab and Abihu; found out that “strange fire” was not accepted by GOD. They died as a result of their own attempt at fire. The fire, excitement of the flesh which we manufacture is not holiness, but unholiness before the Almighty, and Holy One.
We must always keep in mind that holiness is from God. We cannot manufacture it. It is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ. He is holy. We see in the Revelation a revealing of the Son as He is now;
“And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.” Revelation 1:12-15
Notice particularly “…His eyes were as a flame of fire; His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace…” He could be called the living fire of God. Those who may be reluctant to accept this image of Christ will be reluctant to receive His as Lord and Savior of their lives as well. For the apostle Paul writes,
“For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29
-Tim A. Blankenship