An ever-burning candle in sanctuaries in many church traditions bears witness to the command given to Moses in today’s verse. From the appearance of God in the ever—burning bush before Moses and later the faithfully burning fire by night that led God’s people out of Egypt, fire has been a sign of the presence of God.
The burning of the grain offering suggests taking this basic element of life as a symbol of the substance of you. Offer yourself to the Lord. You might take a candle as a way of recalling this offering. As it burns during your prayer, your essence, your substance, your “grain,” is offered to God.
St. Paul enjoins us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Light the candle of the heart to ever burn before the Lord.
This is the first of three parts of the Torah Portion Tzav (Command)
Conservative and Reform Jewish congregations read only this part this year,
as also in this Bible plan.
Here is the entire portion in all three parts.
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Example: My heart, a burnt offering 9:1ff
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship
throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy
that are read each year beginning with autumn.
For all the Firestarters I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or tablet. Check the menu options at the site for more information