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Bible Commentaries

Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Leviticus 9

Verses 1-24

Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Leviticus 9:24 Comments - Leviticus 9:24 describes the fire from Heaven that fell and consumed the sacrifice at the dedication of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. This is not the only account in Scriptures of the fire consuming a sacrifice. The angel accepted the sacrifice of Manoah, the father of Samson by consuming it with fire.

Judges 13:19, “So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.”

A fire from heaven consumed the sacrifice of King David at the threshing floor of Ornan.

1 Chronicles 21:26, “And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.”

A fire also came from heaven and consumed the sacrifice of King Solomon at the dedication of the temple.

2 Chronicles 7:1, “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.”

Fire also consumed the sacrifice of Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:38), at which time the people reacted the same way they did in Leviticus 9:24, by falling on their faces and shouting (1 Kings 18:39).

1 Kings 18:38, “Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”

1 Kings 18:39, “And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.”

In addition, during the time of Moses, God consumed the children of Israel with fire as a form of judgment (Numbers 11:1-2; Numbers 16:35).

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Leviticus 9". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.