These priests had to offer sacrifice for their own sins and that continually. We find here the reason Christ is most necessary. See Hebrews chapters 7-10, esp. 10:10,11, for a good understanding of how these chapters of Leviticus teach us of Christ.
“And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, …”
God consumed these offerings with fire. Another example of this is when Elijah came up against Ahab and the prophets of Baal, the Lord consuming a very water-logged offering with fire from heaven.
Remember back to when God called Moses at the burning bush back in Exodus 3.
“He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.”
Even though we see God consuming with fire burnt offerings and animal sacrifices with fire – We know that these are only a symbol, a pointer.
We are called to be living sacrifices (Romans 12), burning but not consumed.
God’s plan was always this for His people, as we see in Him calling Moses, long before the sacrificial laws were given.
But we know that for this to happen, Jesus had to become the once-for-all sacrifice, to purify us and redeem us from our sin. So that we can live offering up ourselves to our God each day.
* Dear God,
Thank You for sending Yourself to earth, for offering up Yourself as a sacrifice, making it possible for us to be burning but not consumed, able to offer up ourselves as living sacrifices.
Please help us to do this each day.