Friday, December 17, 2010


     "The priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering by fire, a pleasing aroma..."  (NIV)

My husband Moshe as High Priest (Cohen Gadol) at the altar
     This verse is in reference to making a peace offering, which is also known as a fellowship offering.  It was an expression of gratitude for one's relationship with God.  The priests tended the holy fire on the altar.  God had started the fire, but it had to be tended to keep burning. The continually burning fire symbolized God's eternal presence.
     Nowadays there is no Temple in Jerusalem, so there is no way to tend the holy fire on the altar.  Ah, but, the fire of God is present in believers today.  When the Holy Spirit enters our lives the fire is lit.  And, as in the days of the Temple,  God's intention is that the fire be eternal,  but it needs to be tended.  Tending the fire means communing with God; don't let the ashes of your life overcome the flame.  Tend the fire with prayer, repentance for sins, and caring for others in a Christlike way.  Do you and I qualify to tend the fire?  Well, do you know that YOU are a priest?  I Peter   2:5 states:  "Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."  (King James Version)
     Today the pleasing aroma to the Lord is the aroma of praise.  The songs of worship and thanksgiving.  The sweet incense of prayer without thought of self.  If you have never visited this altar,  God invites you to make a peace offering of your own.  Express your gratitude to Him for His willingness to share Himself with you. Enjoy the peace that only He can offer.
     " But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?"  (II Corinthians 2:14-16  NIV)
     THE  FIRE  IS  HERE.  You need only to ask for a spark.

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