Leviticus 9* The first offerings of Aaron for himself and the people.(1-21) Moses and Aaron bless the people, Fire cometh upon thealtar from the Lord. (22-24)1-21 These many sacrifices, which were all done away by thedeath of Christ, teach us that our best services need washing inhis blood, and that the guilt of our best sacrifices needs to bedone away by one more pure and more noble than they. Let us bethankful that we have such a High Priest. The priests had not aday's respite from service allowed. God's spiritual priests haveconstant work, which the duty of every day requires; they thatwould give up their account with joy, must redeem time. Theglory of God appeared in the sight of the people, and owned whatthey had done. We are not now to expect such appearances, butGod draws nigh to those who draw nigh to him, and the offeringsof faith are acceptable to him; though the sacrifices beingspiritual, the tokens of the acceptance are spiritual likewise.When Aaron had done all that was to be done about thesacrifices, he lifted up his hands towards the people, andblessed them. Aaron could but crave a blessing, God alone cancommand it. 22-24 When the solemnity was finished, and the blessingpronounced, God testified his acceptance. There came a fire outfrom before the Lord, and consumed the sacrifice. This firemight justly have fastened upon the people, and have consumedthem for their sins; but its consuming the sacrifice signifiedGod's acceptance of it, as an atonement for the sinner. Thisalso was a figure of good things to come. The Spirit descendedupon the apostles in fire. And the descent of this holy fireinto our souls, to kindle in them pious and devout affectionstoward God, and such a holy zeal as burns up the flesh and thelusts of it, is a certain token of God's gracious acceptance ofour persons and performances. Nothing goes to God, but whatcomes from him. We must have grace, that holy fire, from the Godof grace, else we cannot serve him acceptably, #Heb 12:28|. Thepeople were affected with this discovery of God's glory andgrace. They received it with the highest joy; triumphing in theassurance given them that they had God nigh unto them. And withthe lowest reverence; humbly adoring the majesty of that God,who vouchsafed thus to manifest himself to them. That is asinful fear of God, which drives us from him; a gracious fearmakes us bow before him.
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