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The Fire That Never Goes Out

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Today’s Torah Devotional from Leviticus 6:1-11
The Third Book of the Torah, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called.”
This weeks reading is, “Tzav,” “Command”

Today we begin reading of GOD telling Moses/Moshe to relate HIS instructions to Aaron and his descendants.

The laws concerning burnt offerings, they shall remain on the altars hearth all night until morning to the altar’s fires will burn all night.

The priest are to remove the ashes in their linen vestments, including their linen pants, however, they are to remove their linen vestments to take the ashes outside of the camp to a ritually clean place, set apart just for this purpose.

The fire of the altar is to remain burning at all times, rekindled by the priest every morning without it being extinguished.

HE goes on to tell Moshe of the law of meal offerings, how it is to be offered by Aaron’s descendants before GOD near the place where one ascends to the altar.

How the priest are to take a portion of it, removing the frankincense, offer it up to GOD as a burnt offering, then taking the rest to eat in the Communion Tent before GOD.

That this is a commandment for all generations concerning burnt offerings to GOD. This is Holy of Holies and any other food touching it will also become Holy.

There is so going on here, yet what truly stands out is the fire of the altar and the ashes of the offerings.

The priest are to remove the ashes of burnt offerings from the altar.

When they do this, they are to be dressed in their complete linen vestments. These vestments worn when in service to GOD.

The very ashes of sacrifice are to GOD, Holy. They are to be treated as such, and while they must be removed for the sake of continued use of the altar, they are to be handled with a reverence, and honor befitting the sacrifice from which they were made.

They are to be taken to a ritually clean place, a holy place, outside the camp, set up just for receiving the remaining ashes of sacrifice.

Everything sacrificed unto GOD, becomes Holy unto HIM, even the ashes.

The very remains of a sacrifice were Holy unto HIM.

This is so mind blowing to read of HIS interpretation of sacrifice. Anything offered up to HIM belongs to HIM Completely.

These offerings were burnt into unrecognizable ash, dust, yet even that belonged to GOD and was considered Holy, requiring it’s own place of rest.

It was to be treated as living even after it was incinerated.

How much more does HE take our sacrifice to follow HIM as Holy?

Are we not called to be a “living sacrifice” unto HIM?

Are we not to daily crucify ourselves to be open to HIS direction?

Do we not sacrifice much of what we thought was right, good and true for what HE has said is right, good and true?

How can we be casual about our redemption?

How can we, as believers, not see the magnitude of HIS commandments to sanctify us unto HIM?

How do we continue to keep following after what we want, what we think, what we can justify, and still believe we are walking in HIS word?

The fires of the altar were never allowed to go out, burning constantly, for HIM, from HIS commandment, so HIS altar would be alive with living fire 24/7.

How then can we consider one sacrifice from us to be sufficient, and why would we?

Why would we not want to burn offerings to HIM constantly as HE has designed?

No, we cannot make burnt offerings today, we have no temple and no priesthood, however, it also seems we have no living fire either!

Have we allowed the living fire of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, to become extinguished within us?

Have we traded that fire for familiar fire, or even more convenient, foreign fire?

What fire burns beneath your altar today, or is there one?

Do we live as a sacrifice unto HIM, All Day, Everyday, or only when it’s convenient, we need some prayer answered, or it’s our “day of worship?”

Why would GOD command the fires burn constantly beneath HIS altar?

Why would we believe the fire isn’t necessary or relevant to our lives today?

How can we reignite the fires of GOD within us today?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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