KEEP THE FIRE BURNING
“The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” Leviticus 6:13
Paul explained in Hebrews 8:5 that the Old Testament tabernacle was a shadow of Gods original intent.
“Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”
In essence, all you see in that tabernacle is a type of the real thing.
The believer today is Gods real tabernacle and there are quite some instructions we can glean from the way the Old Testament tabernacle functioned.
Here in our text for the day, God made it very clear that there must always be fire on the altar. Never should there be a time when the altar was without fire.
In essence, an altar without fire was an abomination.
Our hearts today is the altar of God. You know, in the church world we loosely use the term ‘altar’ to refer to the raised stage from which the preacher delivers his sermon but that is a religious construct. The true altar is where sacrifices are offered and for us that is the altar of our hearts.
In Bible days, two things were necessary to keep the fire burning on the altar; the wood and the sacrifice.
The wood is representative of the Word. This is the first and most important ingredient for the fire. No man burns beyond his investment in the Word. Gods word is the wood that feeds the fire. Where no wood is, the fire goes out.
Secondly is the sacrifice. The New Testament writers gave a list of sacrifices that the believer offers today.
Your body is meant to be offered as a sacrifice.
Our worship and praise is a sacrifice. When we pray and worship we are offering sacrifice.
Our giving and benevolence is a sacrifice.
Paul speaking of these sacrifices put it this way, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Heb 13:15-16)
The match that strikes the fire for the New Testament believer is the supernatural gift of tongues. When you speak in tongues, you are kindling the fire.
The word of God is kindled in my heart today. As I study and meditate on the word of God, I keep the fire burning, never letting it run out. Thank you Dear Holy Ghost for the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for the prayers we offer and for the givings as an act of benevolence. I keep the fire burning, never to go out again in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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