Topic: Burn Always! [Thursday June 22, 2017]
Text: Leviticus 24:1-9
Key Verse: “Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually” (Leviticus 24:2).
God has always maintained a pure relationship with His people. In His dealings with Israel, He has always chosen His words very carefully to ensure they did not muddle up things. The command in the text was explicit enough for the children of Israel and obedience of which would guarantee a closer relationship with God. Every commandment of God is to be obeyed and kept.
The lampstand of seven bowls that gave light to the tabernacle was always to be burning continually, indicating that the work of God on behalf of the people never ceased. The purpose of the shewbread was nourishment for the priest while functioning within the tabernacle. Placed on the shewbread was pure frankincense that signified it to be a memorial before the Lord for His provision for all men. The emphasis on purity, pure oil, pure candlestick, pure table, and pure frankincense signified the attachment the holy God places on holiness and purity. That the candlestick must burn continually typifies the life of a heaven-bound Christian who must serve God continuously in holiness, all the days of his or her life. At the point of salvation, a believer enters into an everlasting covenant with God. From that moment, his light of righteousness is expected to keep burning all through life.
No matter the challenges in life, you must continue to burn for Christ. Have you ever wondered how the tender tip of a young plant finds its way out of the soil? It takes persistence for a seed to endure the breaking-up process in order to take another form suitable for germination, to contest, assert and realise its destination through the myriads of sand particles in the soil texture of which some are hard, rocky or soft, to burrow out of the soil for a new life of growth and development which eventually culminates in fruitfulness. You must continue to make progress in your Christian life for therein lies the pathway to eternal glory.
Thought for the day: Only purity of life guarantees everlasting covenant with God.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.