Reading today from Leviticus 4 – 7.
In the reading for today we read about the “sin offering” and its laws; personal sins; trespass offerings; and laws of holiness.
There is within the commandment concerning the fire on the altar, that it is to be ever burning. It is to never go out. This is the place of the burnt offering. Every offering was offered here and was to be completely burned to ash.
“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 (KJV)
This brazen altar is to have special care taken with it. It is the place where the blood of the sacrifice is shed. The blood is poured out here as an offering to God for sin, trespass, peace. We must keep in mind as we read the Old Testament that all these are shadows of what was to come. These are only earthly pictures of the heavenly person who was to come and die; shedding His own blood for our sins, trespasses and to give us peace.
The fire ever burning shows the way God is always waiting for the sinner to come to Him for forgiveness and cleansing. He has planned for all the years of earth; at least sin the fall of Adam and Eve; to redeem all who will come to Him believing through His Son Jesus.
In the first epistle [letter] of the apostle John we read,
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
The sin was placed figuratively on the sacrifice; by the laying of the hands of the priests on the head of the animal; then the animal was slain, its blood shed, then, burned on the altar. This showed that the sin was forgiven, and there was cleansing and forgiveness from God. This, of course, looking forward to the cross of Jesus.
God’s consuming fire is still burning. His grace is still large and is much larger than our sin. His mercy is everlasting.
Remember to read Leviticus 4 – 7
-Tim A. Blankenship