Leviticus 5-7: Unceasing Worship

There’s an interesting section of Leviticus chapter 6 that I thought I would share:

[8]  The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, [9] “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. [10] And the priest shall put on his linen garment and put his linen undergarment on his body, and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire has reduced the burnt offering on the altar and put them beside the altar. [11] Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. [12] The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. [13] Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.
(Leviticus 6:8-13 ESV)

Three times God says to keep the fire burning. Why does He do this? He drives this command home so that the people might remember that worship does not stop while they are not at the tent of meeting. True worship has always been constant. It has always been, as Jesus puts it in John 4, in spirit and in truth.

We worship constantly, but we must be sure that the object of our worship is Christ Himself. This passage serves as a reminder for us that God has made unceasing worship possible in Christ. He, like the unquenched fire, never ceases to intercede before the Father on our behalf so that our worship is made pure and acceptable to God. With this in mind, we must take to heart the words of 1 Corinthians 10:31:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

When we understand this, we will never quench the fire of our worship of God. He will be our delight when we rise and when we lie down, when we eat and when we drink, when we work and when we play. In Christ we have the ability to worship the Lord, so let us go to Him, never ceasing to bring Him praise.

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