“And fire came out from before the Lord, then consume the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw, they shouted for joy, then fall down and worship.” (Leviticus 9: 24)
read: Leviticus 9:1-24, Hebrews 12:29.
Why are there cheering in Israel? Because GOD eliminate fire burnt offering and all the fat that in the present. is proof that GOD is pleased at their offerings.
Fire talk about the favor of the LORD GOD and punishment. The psalmist said, “The voice of the LORD spewing flames” (Psalm 29:7) and the Hebrew writer also said, “For our GOD is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29). GOD fire can mean the punishment like when GOD punish Sodom and Gomorrah. “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah-from the LORD, from the sky”. (Genesis 19:24).
But the fire also spoke about the favor. As the reading of verse today., GOD is pleased with their offerings and fire destroys their GOD.
Offering and sacrifice of the largest and most acceptable to GOD is the offering of the Lamb GOD. Jesus fulfilled all the sacrifices of the Old Testament. The Bible says that the fragrance of GOD (Ephesians 5:2). If the victim will be undertaken by the nation of Israel are very pleased GOD, when the victim JESUS? Would not it be snatched favor fire?.
JESUS victim is a victim of the most perfect and no longer need any other victims. He was born just to do the will of His Father, not Himself. And you also have to have principles like Jesus had: living to do the will of the Father. When you live like this, then the fire permission GOD will grab your life. Your life becomes fragrant smell in the presence of GOD. If not, grab the fire GOD will punish you as a fire.
Are you from year to year more pleasing to Him? Check this year is still better than last year? I mean, if you are getting changed to be like Him?
LORD JESUS bless you and family ….. Amen