Keeping the Home Fires Burning
Our passage focuses upon the priest's responsibility concerning the burnt offering to the worship of the ancient Jews. In offering a lamb as a sacrifice in both the morning and the evening, Israel demonstrated her devotion to God. The lambs which were offered as a sacrifice were to be totally consumed which signified the believers receiving complete consecration to God.
But this evening look at verse 13. The impetus of this passage rests on this command.
"The fire shall be ever burning upon the altar; it shall never go out."
Before we begin examining this verse, it will be necessary for each of us to understand that we are priest's. The apostle Peter informs us in the 2nd chapter of his first epistle that we, as Christians, are lively stones, we are built up as a spiritual house, we are a holy priesthood, and we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices which are acceptance to God through Jesus Christ. You and I have the distinct honor, the royal privilege, the humbling position of being a kingdom of priests. Therefore, it is to us, that this command echoes through time, rolling off the lips of Moses and descending upon our ears. Today as refreshing dew drops to summer grass. NOTICE FIRST
I. The person of the fire:
There is in this verse a smooth blending of the physical and the spiritual; a mixing together of spiritual symbolism and physical practice. There is the physical reality of altar poised before entrance into the holy temple, the place where God met with his children, Israel. But it is the fire, itself which uniquely symbolizes the presence of God; the purity of God, and the power of God.
God blazed in brilliance with fiery flames in the midst of a bush that was not consumed and he issued forth that heavenly divine call to Moses saying, "Moses, Moses, "Here am I." Moses knew God was present with him.
After the release from captivity in Egypt, the wayward, wande ...
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