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Keep the Fire Burning
Thought for the Week:
The altar fire was holy fire ignited by the presence of God. This sacred fire was never to be extinguished. “The fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it. … [The] fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out” (Leviticus 6:12–13).
The Torah says that the priests used flames from the altar to light the menorah, and they used the coals from the altar to burn the incense on the golden altar. Fire brought from some source other than the altar is referred to as strange fire.
How did they keep the fire burning when transporting the altar? The Tabernacle was made to be portable. Numbers 4:13 explains that when it was time to move the Tabernacle, they were to take the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over the top of it. How would this work if a fire was c...
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More from this week's portion
- Keep the Fire Burning
- The Thanksgiving Offering
- The Imperishable
- Fire on the Altar
- Peace with God
- In Jars of Clay
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