So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets. I Chronicles 13:7,8
Throughout the ages man has attempted to manipulate the presence of God, whether by programs, doctrine, legalism, entertainment or by whatever means he sees fit to try and call down the very fire of Heaven.
From the time God gave instruction to Moses to construct the"Ark of the Covenant" and the tabernacle in the wilderness He gave explicit instructions to be followed to the very last jot and tittle! The first temple was no different with it's God-given blueprint to be followed exactly like the Most High had delivered it with great attention given to every last detail. So why is it so hard today to see the pattern Jesus left us and to follow the leading of Holy Spirit in regards to the presence of God?
Today we just rent a building, fill it with chairs hire some musicians, put a sign in the yard and hope God shows up, but even if He doesn't we can always go to plan "B" by pretending He is in the building and convincing ignorant seekers that His presence is indeed with them. I am afraid like Elvis He has left the building, never to return until we get it right and pay attention to His word.
And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen had stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. I Chronicles 13:9,10
David's intentions were good as many are today in that he wanted his people to experience the presence and the blessing of a holy God. The problem that David experienced with trying to move the ark was that it had to be done according to the way God had instructed Moses: on the shoulders of the priesthood.
I am afraid that today there are many "New Carts" in Western Christianity that have replaced God's word with man's good intentions deviating from the Divine plan for the sake of numbers. In order for God's corporate anointing to descend upon His assembly of the righteous several component parts must be present and the condition of men's hearts must be pure and free of any pride, greed or selfishness. God is holy and refuses to be manipulated or co-hearsed by greedy preachers seeking self gratification by trying to exploit Holy Spirit's presence.
For the ekklesia of a Holy God to once again attain to the stature of the Lord Jesus Christ we must grow up into all aspects of Him and put away childish and fleshly motives and purify our minds and hearts to surrender to the divine vision of His body. Christ is the Head of His church and the Head delegates His wishes to the rest of His body so that it might function properly as the Spirit leads.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the Head-Christ. Ephesians 4:15
OFFERING STRANGE FIRE
Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane (strange) 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. Leviticus 10:1,2
The sons of Aaron were careless in their worship of a holy God by offering strange or propane fire in their censers and they died before the Lord. It is a dangerous and foolish practice to deviate from God's word by profaning His statutes and mixing in something that God has not ordained.
One such ordinance that the modern day church has profaned is communion: the sharing of the blood and body of Christ. The apostle Paul spoke to the Corinthian church in regards to their taking of the Lord's supper in an unworthy manner and said because of this that many of them were weak, sick and dead! I wonder how many today have literally dropped dead because of the way we have allowed the sharing of the blood of the Son of God to people in sin and to the millions of lost seekers that have been allowed into the assembly of the righteous?
It is amazing to see the total disregard of God's word and the arrogance of today's preachers that will do anything to perform for the lost and try and co- hearse them to pray the prayer and sign up to join the Jesus Club! No rules, just right, come as you are and stay that way if you please, makes no difference, after all no one will ever know whats in your heart, because we will never be that close to you because you are just another notch on their"Holy Ghost Gun!"
Even as the dove that Noah sent out to find dry land refused to land on rotting stinking, decaying flesh, so the Holy Spirit of God refuses to descend upon the unclean works of man filled with the selfish ambition of the world trying to reach Heaven's splendor on their own terms and just like those who built the tower of Babel the outcome is always confusion and ultimately delusion sent from a holy God!
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy of who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:29-31