Is There a Storm Coming?
LBY Week 10-Self Control

Fire from God

Sometimes I just have to keep reading and reading until something pops out at me. Can anyone else relate?  One of these days I'm going to be "spiritual" enough to have patience through the books of Leviticus, Deuteronomy and some of the other chapters of monotonous laws and sacrifice.  I'm better than I used to be - at least I can find something good out of it most of the time now - but nowhere where I want to be.   

Leviticus 7-9 tells about some more rules for the various sacrifices needed for the people of Israel & the priest to be able to come near to God.  God never leaves them in the dark as to how to have fellowship with them, nor does He leave us in the dark.  They were given the laws of blood sacrifices; we were given the blood of God's son, Jesus.   The passage ends with Moses' brother Aaron, donning all of the priestly garb spelled out by God - who else could come up with all of the details - in previous chapters of the law.    After all of the offerings were made for the first time EVER, the glory of the Lord appeared in a fire..

Leviticus 9:22-24 Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings.  And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting , and came out and blessed all the people.  Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar.  When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.  (NKJV)

That must have been some sight to behold.  Pile of dead animals on the altar one minute.  Pile of burning in flames dead animals the next.  I wonder if they saw a huge flame coming down to the sky arriving at the altar or if it was just a big "poof" into flames.   At any rate, I probably would have fallen on my face too.

Because of the people's diligence in obeying God's commandments (mainly Moses & Aaron, the priests), God accepted their sacrifices.  His glory came down among the people, and the people went face down.  I ask myself "Am I obeying God so well that my sacrifices to Him are accepted?" Are my motives pure for the good that I do so that they are a sweet smelling savour on the "altar"? 

Father in heaven, show me how I can daily be an acceptable sacrifice to You.   I want to see Your glory and know You more and more each day that I live.  Amen.

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