The Lord’s Presence – Leviticus 9:22-24
Today’s Reading Schedule: Leviticus 8-10 (CEB)- Click to read
22 Aaron then raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. After performing the purification offering, the entirely burned offering, and the well-being sacrifice, he came down. 23 Moses and Aaron then entered the meeting tent. When they came out, they blessed the people, and the Lord’s glorious presence appeared to all the people. 24 Fire flew out from before the Lord and devoured the entirely burned offering and the fat pieces on the altar. All the people saw it. They shouted for joy and fell facedown.
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
In today’s reading, Aaron and his sons are consecrated as priests for the Lord by Moses. Their consecration is filled with giving various offerings, and they are required to spend seven days outside the door of the tabernacle, close to God’s presence. Following the seven days, their priestly ministry begins and Aaron is instructed to “bless the people”. Moses and Aaron go into the tent of meeting together and when they come out, they bless the people as instructed by the Lord.
After the blessing of the people, the glory of the Lord is shown to all the people as fire comes forth and consumes the burnt offering. The people are in such awe that they shout for joy and fall facedown to the ground.
Daily we live in God’s presence, if we just seek Him, acknowledge Him, and spend time with Him. We may never see the glory of the Lord as the Israelites did when they were blessed, or as the shepherds did on the night Christ was born when the “glory of the Lord shown round about them”. But we can always be assured that God’s presence will envelope us when we desire to be obedient, loving, and faithful children of our loving Lord.
Lord, we desire to live our daily lives seeking to live in your glorious presence. May we put you first in every part of our lives and share the love you give to us with each person we meet each day. Show us your might and glory and guide every step we take.
In Jesus Christ. Amen
Contributed by Sarah Pero
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