THE LAWS OF THE BURNT OFFERING AND GRAIN OFFERING
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen trousers he shall put on his body, and take up the ashes of the burnt offering which the fire has consumed on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. Then he shall take off his garments, put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.(Leviticus 6:8-13).
Continuation of Leviticus 6 made the offerings into laws whether it is burnt offerings, grain offerings, or sin offerings. One thing that struck me in this law is that the offering must burn slowly from night till morning and the fire must not be out. This means the supply of the wood on the altar must be excess to keep it burning throughout the night without fading away. It must have every necessary fuel needed to keep it burning. This is likened to the 5 wise virgins that were waiting for the Master’s return with much preparedness that could weather any storm including the late arrival of the Master. It just goes to show that God does things at His own pace. At times He may make some situation to run faster (in our own timing) while at times that case may go on for a long time from our own perspective. The most important thing is that we should know that He is in Control of all situations. The type of garment that the priest should wear to dispose of the ashes was also specified, and the place to dispose the ashes must be outside the camp in a clean place. Another standard order is that fire upon the altar for the various offerings must never be put out whether there is offering on it or not. The same standard order goes for the grain offering. There must be a continuous supply of wood in the temple for the various offerings. This explains why there are workers stationed in the Temple to oversee the different activities going on there, and there are different shifts like they do in the Hospitals. Surely God’s ways are different from our ways and reading through the scriptures we can truly say that the work of God is a full time work and there was a lot of reward for them since they didn’t have other jobs. Now it makes sense to me when Malachi says in chapter 3, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.”
Indeed there was a physical store house for storing the grain offerings, and the first fruits of all their crops. They were brought as an offering to God and after offering part to God, the remaining are for the temple workers. There must always be food in the house of God to take care of the priests, and the other assigned workers. The same thing goes today in churches while we have to bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord. These offerings are supposed to take care of all that is required in the Sanctuary and also to take care of the Ministers in charge. When we do, the scripture says God will open heaven unto us and bless us that we will not have enough room to contain it. Those of us who are workers in the house of God must be careful in the way we handle God’s offerings. The givers too must give their best so that they can be accepted.and be rewarded in return. I will still want us to discuss more in the light of what goes on in the churches of today.but in the mean time, we will move on to the next section. I pray that all our efforts in the work of God will not go unrewarded in Jesus name, Amen. God bless.