13 A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.
This reminds me of the Holy Spirit which is often represented as fire. John the Baptist said that when Jesus came, He would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. When the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:3), tongues as of fire came upon each of them. It is important that we never allow anything in our lives that will quench the fire of the Holy Spirit. He is the One who leads and directs us, reminds us of all the things Jesus said and empowers us to do the things for God He has called us to do. We must never let the fire go out!
16 And the remainder of it Aaron and his sons shall eat; with unleavened bread it shall be eaten in a holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of meeting they shall eat it.
The Levites were not given a portion of land or provisions, because their provision came from their service in the tabernacle and eventually the temple. God is our provision! Everything we have ultimately comes from Him.
21 It shall be made in a pan with oil. When it is mixed, you shall bring it in. The baked pieces of the grain offering you shall offer for a sweet aroma to the Lord.
I will always remember the sweet aroma of my grandmother’s homemade rolls wafting through the house. Every time I read this verse, I think of how wonderful this smell must have been.
21 Moreover the person who touches any unclean thing, such as human uncleanness, an unclean animal, or any abominable unclean thing, and who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the Lord, that person shall be cut off from his people. ’”
The picture we get here is that God is holy and unapproachable without being made clean. Imagine what it must have been like to constantly be reminded of your inability to come before God. One of the great things about reading a book like Leviticus is that it reminds us of the privilege we have to come to God at any time, all because of our relationship with Jesus. Praise His name!
13 “ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
We must make sure we are always ready for the return of the Lord. It could come at any moment, ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, as it says in 1 Corinthians 15:51.
40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. ’
I am always reminded when I read this verse, to be mindful of caring for those with whom I come into contact with. Whether it is helping them with their groceries, offering them a cold cup of water or anything else, as often as we do it, with no ulterior motive, we do it unto the Lord.