“Unauthorized Fire” by Ariel E…………….
This Week’s Torah Portion is: Shemini / Eighth
Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47
HafTarah Ezekiel 36:16-38
Priesthood Instructions: Galatians
Today’s Reading LEVITICUS 10:1-2 “Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD”
1. Offering “unauthorized” fire to the LORD
A. Abihu and Nadav—Sons of Aharon—were chosen to lead the Children of Israel into Holiness—but chose their own path Lev. 10:1-2
B. Called by the LORD—they wore their Priestly Tunics (The Tunic was the outward sign of God’s separation—just like when Rabbi Sha’ul says we are to “Cloth yourself in Messiah/Torah”) Lev.10:5 Romans 13:14
C. Set apart as priests—they were Part of the Royal Priesthood Numbers 3:3
D. They were trained in the Word of God—Moses trained them in the Ways of God — Luke16:29 says, “Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.”
2. These Brothers took the Holy Fire and misused it
A. The Holy fire was for atonement—the LORD’s fire consumed the Chatas and Asham Offerings Num 16:46
B. These brothers took what God provided for holiness and defiled it with their “own” religious activities Lev 10:1-2
C. Moses had provided the model for them to minister by to please God Lev 8:36
D. This violation of Torah—required a Sin offering—which they paid with their lives Romans 6:23 says, “For the Wages of Sin is Death…”
3. Like Abihu and Nadav many today are making “Unauthorized Fire”
A. God’s Torah—His Word– is the Holy Fire of the Spirit EX.3:2 Yet people take its fire and refuse to obey it Gen 4:2 says “2Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”
B. The Anointing—The separating out sign of Holiness– of the Spirit—given as a sign of those who follow the LORD has been sold for who can make the most dramatic presentation . Ex 40:15 “And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations”
C. God’s Festivals and Feasts—have been exchanged for Demon Idolatry—Passover has become “Easter”—Chanukah—which once stood for rejection of Greek thoughts and ways—has been exchanged for Santa Claus and “baby Jesus—away in a manger” Deut5:32; Deut 11:32, 2 Kings 17:37, Matt 28:20
4. Today’s “Unauthorized Fire”
A. God’s diet has been exchanged for a ‘freedom’ to speed up our own death. Moses lived to 120 and the average American Male lives to be 73—with a world average of 59. Lev. 11
B. Shabbat (The Holy Sabbath) has been exchanged for Sunday Worship (Worshipping on the day named to celebrate “Saturn”—a Greek Pagan god. This is why it was called “sun-god-day!” EX 35:2 says, “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.”
5. Deviation from God’s pattern results in deadly consequences for all mankind
A. Eating unauthorized food deceived Adam and Eve and made them unclean bringing death upon themselves, physically and spiritually (Genesis 3:1-13).
B. Eating unauthorized food can open up the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Today pornography is rampant and with the help of the Internet, television, movies, and magazines etc. it seems to be gaining acceptable status in a society with out Torah, the teaching and instruction of YHVH. In a past report from Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson, stated that when the popular Christian Promise Keepers conference comes to town the hotels report a surge of X rated movies during that time period. One Promise Keepers speaker shared that of the 25,000 men at one of the conferences, approximately half the men came forward to repent for cheating on their wives. Blood in the meat directly affects a person’s sexual drive and appetite. Sexual sin passes on to the third and fourth generations through the DNA. Lust is not love. Check out the diet, this may be an entry point for lust of the flesh.
6. Deviation from God’s pattern results in deadly consequences for all mankind
A. Unclean foods were considered to be the food of pagan worship to their idols, pig especially as we see in the story of the Maccabees. Pagan cults use blood in their feasts to get the desired effect they want. “What agreement is there between the temple of YHVH and idols? For we are the temple of the living Elohim.” 2 Corinthians 6:16.
B. When blood builds up in the body it could open the door to the occult realm and unclean practices. Eyes linger a little longer on unclean subjects, aggressive behavior and anger become acceptable, defensive attitudes enter along with depression and unclean thoughts are entertained. A weakened spiritual walk can loose its passion and enthusiasm for YHVH. Distractions and loss of interest will eventually separate a person away from Yeshua. Touching the unclean realm makes us unclean. Do we desire to have a deeper walk and glean deeper revelations in His Word? Look into the diet, this is the first starting point, as our diet reflects our spiritual condition. We are what we eat!
7. Pork and Unauthorized Foods—the unauthorized fire that consumes man Lev. 11
A. Do the Leviticus 11 food prohibitions still apply today? Malachi 3:6 says “I YHVH DO NOT CHANGE” and Hebrews 13:8 says, “Yeshua is the same yesterday today and forever!”
B. The “Other White Meat,” A quote from Dr. Tessler, a well known doctor wrote in the book “The Genesis Diet,” “Pigs are known to carry up to 200 diseases and 18 different parasites and worms, including the deadly worm called trichinella spiralis. This worm is commonly called trichinosis and there is no known cure for these spiral worms. The trichinae worms are so small and transparent that only trained inspectors using high-powered microscopes can detect their existence. Trichinosis can cripple or even kill anyone that eats as little as a forkful of contaminated food! Trichinosis can mimic other diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, or typhoid fever.’
8. Abihu and Nadav represent our “self-righteous” behaviors—our striving for religion rather than obedience.
A. All attempts to offer a righteousness that is not acceptable to God through works that are devoid of faithful obedience—will be consumed by fire.
B. All attempts to offer a “faith” that is belief based and totally devoid of obedience to Gods teaching and instructions—will also be consumed by fire.
C. Only in living out God’s Torah—and teaching others to do so will we hope to see any reward from Messiah! Matthew 5:19 Says, “”Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
D. Unauthorized fire—turning our back on God’s righteous requirements and doing what we “think is religiously correct”—or what someone explained to us that “Paul the Apostle said” –we are committing Cain’s sacrifice—and is demonstrating “the Mark of the Beast”—the SIGN of lawlessness; the 666—or the “Me” –“Myself” and “I.” Then MY WAY becomes the highway that my life follows and is based on my own emotions. Yeshua says to people who are late for the wedding celebration “Depart from Me –for I NEVER KNEW YOU!”
Not once does the Master say “Depart from Me—for “YOU DID NOT KNOW ME;” SO WHY DO TEACHERS TODAY SPEND TIME ASKING YOU IF –YOU—KNOW– YESHUA???????????????? DOES THE JEWISH MESSIAH KNOW YOU? DO YOU KEEP HIS HOLIDAYS AND SABBATHS? DO YOU EAT ACCORDING TO HIS INSTRUCTIONS? DO YOU CALL UNCLEAN—ALL HE CALLS UNCLEAN? BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED BY MODERN “GREASY GRACE.”
7. 4 Steps to the Kingdom of God
#1. Separate yourself from the worldly system that’s invaded the Church Today by coming out and becoming and living as a “Jew by choice” Leviticus 11:44-47 “For I am YHVH your Elohim. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. ‘For I am YHVH, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; thus you shall be holy for I am holy.'”
#2. Renounce your Self-Righteousness—doing it your own way—this includes your “church mind.” Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
#3. Live your life like Yeshua lived His— leave the “Cult of Love that has no boundaries” for the true Love of God —1 John 5:3 says “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
#4. Great will your reward be in Heaven! 1 Peter 1:14-16 (the parallel passage to Leviticus 11:44-47) Peter said, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And Matthew 5:19-20 says, “”Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven!
This message may cost you all you have known—but it will give you all there is to give. Yeshua paid the price for our ability to enter into the people of Israel—do not spend one day more asleep in the light as the darkness of this late hour is fast coming to its apex and the man of evil will soon be revealed. This message is simple: IF IT SAYS DO IT—DO IT, and IF SOMEONE SAYS ANY OF GOD’S WORD IS DONE AWAY WITH TODAY—THEY ARE OFFERING UNAUTHORIZED FIRE TO THE LORD AND WILL END LIKE NADAB AND ABIHU!
Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom!
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