An ever-burning fire before the Lord

Leviticus Bible Background

02.08.2019 – Old Testament: Lev 6.8–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 4–6 on February 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Lord had specifications for burnt offerings, and the fire for the offering would be a source that never went out:

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…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).

The Lord could certainly have insured that an everlasting fire burned on the altar, but He gave that responsibility to the priests. All through the night and all during the day, a fire burned before the Lord, for it showed that the Lord was ready to receive offerings at any time, and in a similar way He wants to hear from you at any time.


  • When do you pray to the Lord?
  • Do you ever pray to Him in the middle of the night?

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