“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it. And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place. And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.'” Leviticus 6:8-13 (KJB)
Have you noticed how many times it is written, “the LORD spake unto Moses”? At least four times in chapter 6 alone.
The above verses for today’s study are before the first start of the fire of God. It is spoken of in Leviticus 9:24. It was fire come down from GOD which started the fire that was never to be quenched. It was to be maintained through the Levitical priesthood, by daily supplying the wood for the fire to consume the burnt offerings.
As Christians the fire of God; the Holy Spirit; is that fire in us. We are to keep the fire of the Spirit burning through the reading, study, and application of Scripture; and continual prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Now from the studies of F. B. Meyer…
“Notice well the teaching of this paragraph, which has special reference to the fire, which was to be kept always burning upon the altar. Thrice is the injunction repeated, Lev_6:9; Lev_6:12-13. As it originally descended from God, Lev_9:24, so it was to be ever maintained by the watchful care of the priests. It is interesting to notice that a different Hebrew word is used for the fire that burned on the great brazen altar within the sacred enclosure from that which consumed the sin-offering without the camp, Lev_4:12. That symbolized the wrath of God against sin, while this symbolizes His love and grace, which descend to burn in human hearts. The Apostle was very conscious of the latter when he said: “The love of Christ constraineth us.” Whenever you feel the glow of that fire in your heart be sure to nurse it. Ask that it may burn hotly. See Son_8:6. It must be fed by the continual fuel of God’s Word, consumed and absorbed in meditation. But remember the teaching of the latter part of this paragraph: Only holy souls may partake aught of the Heavenly Bread. “Let a man examine himself!”” THROUGH THE BIBLE DAY BY DAY F. B. Meyer on Leviticus 6:8-23