PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Leviticus 4-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” (Leviticus 6:13)
God wants His people to know the seriousness of sin, and the need for mercy.
As I read it, when wouldn’t I be offering sacrifices like this, for sin and guilt?
But the ONE continuous offering is the fellowship offering, or ‘burnt offering’.
This represents our ongoing fellowship with God despite our sin and guilt.
These sacrifices are NOT intended to keep the people feeling guilty and unworthy.
They show the people that God always forgives and welcomes them to come to Him.
Yes, this is humbling but it also inspires hope for those who feel guilty.
Do we see our fellowship as a constant reality, a fire that does not go out?
Or do we think that every time sin, God rejects us and does not welcome us.
As awful as I find these sacrifices (I couldn’t be a priest), they do give me hope.
Thankfully Jesus ended these sacrifices once for all (Hebrews 9:12).
I still sin, I still have guilt, and I need to humbly admit this.
But when I sin or feel guilty, I come to God with Jesus my sacrifice.
And He welcomes me as His child, for the fire of His love will never go out!
Lord, thank You for Your once-for-all sacrifice, and my once-for-all restoration. May I sense the undying fire of Your love me, and may the fire of my love become more and more like Yours!