Leviticus 16:1 …strange fire
16:1 “And the Lord spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron (Nadab & Abihu), when they offered before the Lord, and died;”
Nadab and Abihu, along with Aaron, were given very specific instructions as to how YHWH could be approached. Nadab and Abihu totally ignored these instructions and approached YHWH in their own manner, the way they thought best, reminiscent of Cain.
Instead of acknowledging YHWH in the sovereignty and respect He is due, by voluntarily and gratefully embracing the instructions of YHWH, they came on their own terms. They insisted on doing religious things their way, at their chosen time, and for their private purposes.
Leviticus 10:1-2 “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.”
Acts 10:34 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
H8085 שָׁמַע shama` “to hear intelligently with implication of attention and obedience.
YHWH has never said to mankind “well seeing how it is you I will bend the rules” nor has he said “I know you did it wrong but you meant well.”
John 7:16 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
It is perfectly clear that it is still NOT ok to think you can do it your own way, ignoring the voice of YHWH and expect Him to delight in your actions.
John 10:1-10 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Psalm 50:14-23 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked [lawless] God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”
Ephesians 2:1-2 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Therein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
Offering up a “spiritual” experience to YHWH that does not adhere to the instructions of YHWH are nothing less than the ‘strange fire’ offered by Nadab and Abihu. The ‘Prince of the power of the Air’ is Satan and he has created a multifaceted “spiritual experience” that denies the instructions of YHWH. Who are you listening [shama’] to?
Isaiah 66:4-5 “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Hear [shama’] the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”