Noon Prayer — Thursday, January 14

Pray that the saints would see that the fire on the altar should be kept burning continually—“it must not go out”—and would cooperate with God’s desire by adding “wood” to the fire every morning (Lev. 6:9b, 12a, 13 and notes 9², 9³, 9, and 12¹).

Lev. 6:9, 12a-13 — 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…And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it must not go out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning…Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.

Lev. 6:9², hearth — The burnt offering being on the hearth signifies that anything offered as a burnt offering must be put on the place of offering to be burned. Those who offer themselves to God as a burnt offering must be on the place of burning and must be willing to become a heap of ashes.

Lev. 6:9³, all — All night until the morning signifies that a burnt offering should remain in the place of burning through the dark night of this age until the morning, until the Lord Jesus comes again (2 Pet. 1:19; Mal. 4:2).

Lev. 6:9, kept — The continual burning of the fire on the altar (vv. 9b, 12a, 13) signifies that God as the holy fire in the universe (Heb. 12:29) is always ready to receive (burn) what is offered to Him as food, and that God’s desire to accept what is offered to Him never ceases.

Lev. 6:12¹, morning — The priest’s burning wood on the altar every morning signifies the need of the serving one’s cooperation with God’s desire (see note 9) by adding more fuel to the holy fire to strengthen the burning for the receiving of the burnt offering as God’s food (cf. Rom. 12:11; 2 Tim. 1:6). The morning signifies a new start for the burning.

MINISTRY PORTION:

The fire on the altar should be kept burning continually ([Lev.] 6:9b, 12a, 13). Verse 12a says, “The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it must not go out.”

The continual burning of the fire on the altar first signifies that God as the holy fire in the universe is ready to receive (burn) what is offered to Him as food. God’s receiving us is His burning us. When we are burned by God, we should be happy because this burning means that God is receiving us.

The continual burning of the fire also signifies that God’s desire to accept what is offered to Him never ceases. God desires to accept us, and He accepts us by burning us. The more He burns us, the more He accepts us.

The priest burned wood on the altar every morning (v. 12b). This signifies the need of the serving one’s cooperation with God’s desire. This cooperation is to add more fuel to the holy fire to strengthen the burning for the receiving of the burnt offering as God’s food. As we are being burned, we need to add more wood to burn ourselves and also to burn our fellow serving ones. Do not quench the fire but add more wood to keep the fire burning.

If there were only one serving one, the burning fuel would be exhausted. Therefore, we need more serving ones, more companions in being burned. The more serving ones there are, the more fuel there will be to burn ourselves and others.

The priest was to burn wood on the altar every morning. The morning signifies having a new start for the burning. (Life-study of Leviticus, msg. 23, pp. 209-210)

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