SOMETHING ENTRUSTED TO HIM OR LEFT IN HIS CARE: "In a
matter of deposit or security" (RSV).
EVERY MORNING: Manna given (Exo 16:21). Fire on the
altar (here). Incense offered (Exo 30:7). Praise offered (1Ch 23:30). Service
offered (1Ch 9:27). Sacrifice presented (2Ch 2:4; 13:11). God visits (Job 7:18).
God is their arm (Isa 33:2). His compassions new (Lam 3:23). The Philistines
present themselves (1Sa 17:16). God silences the wicked (Psa 101:8). Judgment
(Zep 3:5). Administer justice (Jer 21:12).
AND ARRANGE THE BURNT OFFERING ON THE FIRE: "Lay the
burnt offering in order upon it" (AV). Setting "in order" is a significant thing
in the service of God: Gen 22:9; Exo 26:17; 39:37; 40:4,23; Lev 1:7,8,12; 6:12;
24:8; 1Ki 18:33; 2Ki 20:1; 2Ch 13:11; 29:35; Eze 41:6; Acts 18:23; 1Co 11:34;
14:40; Tit 1:5.
THE FIRE MUST BE KEPT BURNING ON THE ALTAR CONTINUOUSLY; IT
MUST NOT GO OUT: The altar is the place where offerings are made to God, and
since the only true offerings are those which are made in spirit and truth (Joh
4:24), therefore -- in a sense -- the only true "altar" is the human heart. This
heart is a great altar indeed, and here -- in my heart --the fire of divine love
must be kept burning continuously.
God loves to see the hearts of His people glowing towards
Himself. Let us give to God our hearts (Pro 23:26), all blazing with love, and
seek His grace, that the fire may never be quenched; for it will not burn if the
Lord does not keep it burning. Many foes and circumstances will contrive to
extinguish it, so that its fire will grow cold (Rev 2:4); but if the unseen hand
of the priest continues to replenish the fuel, and renew the sacrifices, it will
blaze higher and higher. Let us use the Scriptures as fuel for our heart's fire,
so that our offerings will ascend to Yahweh as a sweet savour. May He touch our
lips, and our heart, with burning coals -- as He did with Isaiah (Isa
Christ, the sin offering, was touched by unclean, yet remained
holy. And, the unclean were thereby cleansed (WGos 127).