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Strange Fire
Do what you are anointed to do!

Dr. Reve' M. Pete

"Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the Lord spoke, saying: 'By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.' "So Aaron held his peace. And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, "Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp." So they went near and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had said. And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, "Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. You shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you." And they did according to the word of Moses." Leviticus 10:1-7 NKJV

As Christians, everyting we do should be under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. We should live under the anointing…and DEFINITELY SERVE under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. This lesson tells what happened when two persons tried to do things they were not anointed to do.

"But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things." 1 John 2:20 NKJV

An Unauthorized Sacrifice

“These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the anointed priests, whom he consecrated to minister as priests.” Numbers 3:3 NKJV

Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron. That means they were priests (God’s attendants). They were consecrated to God. Nadab and Abihu were not just any priests. They were among those who God allowed to see His feet.

"Now He said to Moses, "Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar." Exodus 24:1 NKJV

"Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank." Exodus 24:9-11 NKJV

"Nadab and Abihu had died before the Lord when they offered profane fire before the Lord in the Wilderness of Sinai..." Number 3:4 NKJV

Nadab and Abihu offered profane fire, or what the King James Version calls “strange fire”. The word strange comes from the word zur. It means a deviation or foreign. Maybe they allowed their status to go to their heads…they messed up and it cost them their lives.

Nadab and Abihu made an unauthorized sacrifice. They were not anointed to make that sacrifice. In doing so, they treated the things of God as common – anyone can do it. God showed them otherwise. To not have, know or acknowledge the Law is iniquity. The word iniquity comes from the word anomia, which means without having the law or transgression of the law.

Whatever We Do Should Be Authorized by God

"...This is it that the LORD spake, saying , I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified..." Levitivus 10:3 KJV

In the King James version of the Bible, the words will be sanctified come from the word qadash. It means to be pure, be holy, be sacred, be regarded as holy. The words will be glorified come from the word kavad. It means to be weighted, to be honored, to be renowned, to be esteemed, to show oneself great or mighty, to be wealthy, to be rich.

We must regard God and the things of God as holy. We should not take God and the things of God for granted. They are NOT common. ANYONE cannot handle (do) them. We must be authorized to handle the things of God. Then God gets the glory out of our lives.

The Anointing is Our Authorization

How do we know when we are authorize by God to so a certain thing? We know by the presence of the anointing of the Holy Ghost in our lives.

"But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things." 1 John 2:20 NKJV

"Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father." 1 John 2:24 NKJV

"But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him." 1 John 2:27-29 NKJV

Each and every one of us is anointed to do something. That anointing comes from God! We should be mindful of and do ONLY what we are anointed to do. The anointing of the Holy Ghost teaches us WHAT to do. Do only what the anointing of the Holy Ghost teaches. (John 5:30-37; 8:26-27, 38; 12:49-50; 14:10-11) What we are anointed to do is what God requires of us.


Hayford, Jack W., ed. Spirit-Filled Life Bible. New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.

Zodhaites, Spiros, ed. The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible. King James Version. Red Letter Edition. World Bible Publishers.

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