Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 13, 2023

“Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.” – “be filled with the Spirit” – “keep your lamps lit.” – “Do not quench the Spirit”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 6:8-13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%206&version=NASB1995

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law for the burnt offering:  the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it.  …  The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it.  It shall not go out, but the priest shall burn wood on it every morning;  and he shall lay out the burnt offering on it, and offer up in smoke the fat portions of the peace offerings on it.  Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar;  it is not to go out.”   Leviticus 6:8-9 and 12-13.

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Today’s Scripture reminds us to be filled with the Spirit.  We should not quench the Spirit nor, so to speak, cause the Spirit to be dissipated by wine or by worldly concerns.  According to Collins English Dictionary, “When something dissipates or when you dissipate it, it becomes less or becomes less strong until it disappears or goes away completely.”

Using the language of fire, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.”  Luke 12:35.

We are warned by the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.  For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.  …  The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too;  go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast;  and the door was shut.  Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’  But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’  Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”  Matthew 25:1-4 and 8-11.

We are also warned by the Parable of the Sower. 

“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”  Matthew 13:22.

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;  and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”  Ephesians 5:15-21.

Do not quench the Spirit;  do not despise prophetic utterances.  But examine everything carefully;  hold fast to that which is good;  abstain from every form of evil.”  1 Thessalonians 5:19-22.

But, there is hope!

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”  John 14:16-17.

“… for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  Hebrews 13:5. 

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.  


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