Holy Love

    1. God started the fire on the altar for the burnt offering. It was then to burn continuously.
    2. The burnt offering was for acknowledgment of their sin nature and their request for a renewed relationship with God (gotquestions.org).
    3. While the fire could be imitated, it could never be duplicated. No one except God can create fire from heaven.
    4. No human on their own would EVER or has EVER be able to offer a sacrifice that would make them acceptable to God.
    5. It makes me think of Saul just going ahead and making offerings. You can’t just do that.
    6. God is holy. Chapter 10 says that people must learn to distinguish between the holy and the common, between the clean and unclean.
    7. There is still a holy God. In this day and age of talk of being friends with Jesus and wearing ripped jeans to church with tattoos showing, we’ve lost a sense of the holy.
    8. Holiness was never found in wearing our Sunday best.
    9. But holiness is understanding that God is apart from man and we have to be set apart to Him.
    10. We can’t be in both worlds. There’s no such thing as the best of both worlds.
    11. We are in God’s kingdom or Satan’s.
    12. We love God or the world. Loving the one makes us an enemy of the other. They cannot and will never go hand in hand.
    13. He demands all of you. Because He loves you.
    14. God doesn’t desire sacrifice; He desires obedience.
    15. Why? Because obedience means we love Him, we believe His word. Obedience means we desire Him. Obedience means we’re safe and helping and not harming others.
    16. Any loving parent wants their child to be obedient to good and right rules that are there for their own good and well-being.
    17. Anyone who loves someone wants them to be protected and safe.
    18. And any lover wants their love returned to them, when they know the other person will only experience true love with them.