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8 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 9 “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. 10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment and put his linen undergarment on his body, and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire has reduced the burnt offering on the altar and put them beside the altar. 11 Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. 12 The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. 13 Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.
- The emphasis of this section is the regulations for priests.
- The priests are instructed to offer burnt offerings morning and night, and to keep the fire on top of the altar overnight and to ensure that the fire does not go out. This illustrates the divine presence continuing with the community. God’s holy flame is also in each believer’s life. When the Holy Spirit enters into our heart, he lights this fire for us to walk with him and to grow in his grace. Recognizing that God is present in us gives us faith to seek forgiveness and to be reconciled with him. Then, our life will be full of enthusiasm and energy to work for him.
- Have I ever experienced God’s lighting and fanning the holy fire in my heart? Recall the incident, what was I feeling then?
- Is the flame big or very weak? Why?
Consuming Fire – www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iT0IvcEHjM