“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Leviticus 6:13.
Daily Bible reading has been in Leviticus this week. The Israelites were given so many rules to follow concerning the sacrifices they would make to God. The animal had to be without blemish, and specific for whatever offering it was being used for. There were lists of what was required for different sins they committed. The priest had to follow specific procedures for each offering. Can you imagine having to take an animal to the place of worship, and have the priest kill it and burn it upon the altar? One thing that was stressed over and over was that the fire should never go out on the altar.
This was what was happening every day in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple, until Jesus came on the scene. I am so thankful that He came to be the Lamb slain for the sins of the world. His sacrifice paid the price once and for all. No more bringing the lambs and goats to be sacrificed. His one-time sacrifice was enough for all sin.
Still today there is one thing we must be aware of. Once we accept Jesus as our Saviour, let His blood cleanse us from sin, and His Spirit fill our hearts, we must be careful to keep the fire burning in our hearts. Because we are human, we often find ourselves failing, making mistakes, and having to repent and ask for forgiveness. But He has told us we can come boldly to His throne, confess our sins, and He will freely forgive.
We must keep the fire burning in our hearts, and never let our love for Him diminish. We can do this by meeting Him daily, spending time in prayer and His Word, and taking time to praise and worship Him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are so thankful that your death on Calvary paid the price for all our sins and we no longer must bring animal sacrifices to you. Help us to spend time daily in your presence and keep the fire burning in our hearts.
Devotion by Anne Johnston