“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Leviticus 6:13(KJV)
The question you may raise concerning this verse is, “What fire?” The answer to that question is that it has to do with the fire of the altar of burnt offering. That is the altar near the entrance of the tabernacle courtyard which was by the materials the LORD had commanded Moses; located on the east end.
The fire was initially activated by GOD Himself…
“And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” Leviticus 9:24
This fire, as commanded by GOD, was to never go out. As they traveled through the wilderness they had to maintain this fire; afterall; it was the Fire of GOD. It was come down for Heaven. It was fire which was a sign of God’s approval upon His plans as carried out by His people.
Fire is shown as God’s approval. It is shown in some places of Scripture as a source of His judgment. There is certainly no contradiction in seeing them both as being from God.
The Levites needed to see that the fire was maintained and kept going. They were faithful in keeping the fire going. It is thought by many that this fire never went out until the time of the Babylonian captivity which came hundreds of years after their wilderness journey of 40 years.
Lesson for the Christian is that the Spirit of God came upon us as a fire (See Acts 2); cleansing, devouring our sin, and lighting the fire of life, and fury toward sin. It is up to us to stay in the Spirit of God, through prayer, reading and study of God’s word, hearing and doing what He says; being faithful to live a life for Him.
Some of may have gotten a bit cold from neglect. Stir the coals of the fire that was there, add a little kindling to the coals, and watch what God can do. Then keep it burning through faithfulness to Him.
Reading for February 05, 2018: Leviticus 8 – 10