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The Fire That Consumes Self

Leviticus 9:1-4,22-24 ON THE eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; And he said to Aaron, Take a young calf for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, [each] without blemish, and offer them before the Lord. And say to the Israelites, Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both a year old, without blemish, for a burnt offering, Also a bull and a ram for peace offerings to sacrifice before the Lord, and a cereal offering mixed with oil, for today the Lord will appear to you... Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them, and came down [from the altar] after offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings. Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord [the Shekinah cloud] appeared to all the people [as promised]. Then there came a fire out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

This was the record of Aaron's first day in office and what an amazing day it was! God came in power to show His hand upon Aaron and his fellow Israelites.

We learn so much from God's words everyday and what might be our lesson today?

The Israelites at this point seem like a changed people from the ones before because they are now obedient to God, are willing to put their hands to anything God asks of them and seem to seek God above all else.

The same people not too long ago were reveling in the desert while Moses was up in the mountain talking with God and they were worshiping idols and quickly earning God's wrath.

Now they were obediently standing before God at the door of the tabernacle in eager excitement of being reconnected with God through the sacrifices God instituted among them.

This is a picture of God's mercy at play as God pardoned the sinful Israelites over and over and now even blessed them with His presence while they journeyed in the desert to find their promised land.

At the start of today's chapter, Moses called Aaron and the elders of Israel to come and worship God through the sacrifices and ordinances God had instituted.

In verse 4, Moses tells them that today the Lord would appear to them and in verse 6, he adds that the glory of the Lord would appear to them. By the end of the chapter, we see the radiant glory of the Lord appear to all the people and therefore we can see how beautifully God orchestrates everything for His glory.

Another key aspect is to note the precursor to the revelation of the glory of God which came after prayer. God’s manifestations of himself, of his glory and grace, are commonly given in answer to prayer.

After Jesus' baptism when He was praying, the heavens opened up as recorded in Luke 3:21 (AMP), 'Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized, and [while He was still] praying, the [visible] heaven was opened'.

This same miracle also took place in 2 Chronicles 5:13 (AMP), 'And when the trumpeters and singers were joined in unison, making one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and other instruments for song and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever, then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud'.

Obviously the sincere prayers and praises of God's own are more pleasing to God than all the burnt-offerings and sacrifices.

Finally after everything was done and the payers were said, God testified His acceptance and this certainly gave the Israelites great satisfaction also.

The fire that came and burnt the sacrifices was God's acceptance of their service and we see this also after Solomon's sacrifice [2 Chronicles 7:1 (AMP)] and Elijah's [1 Kings 18:38 (AMP)].

Much later, in Acts 2:3, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in tongues of fire as a confirmation of God's fire in us filling us with a burning zeal for Him and His glory.

Therefore we are assured of God being with us as stated in 1 John 4:13 (AMP), 'By this we come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit'.

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit that drives out the lust of flesh and consumes us with a burning zeal for God or are you consumed by the burning greed of this world that fills us with everything that takes us away from God?

In His Loving Service,

ServantBoy

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5.12.2011

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