Pneuma [The Spirit] 5 – The People Empowered (Fire) 12/3/17 (MS)
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Theme verse: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Tonight’s icon: Fire
1. Fire of the Offering
“If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the Lord. Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the Lord will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him. Then slaughter the young bull in the Lord’s presence, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the animal’s blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle. Then skin the animal and cut it into pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest will build a wood fire on the altar. They will arrange the pieces of the offering, including the head and fat, on the wood burning on the altar. But the internal organs and the legs must first be washed with water. Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.” (Leviticus 1:3-9)
- With God, there is order, meaning God has a particular way of doing things.
- This particular offering was a sin offering, which God used to help His people understand there were consequences for disobedience (sin).
- This sin offering offered forgiveness, while temporary, to God’s people.
“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:24)
2. Fire of the Night
“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So, God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus, the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle. Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear to do this. He said, “God will certainly come to help you. When he does, you must take my bones with you from this place.” The Israelites left Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:17-22)
3. Fire of the Spirit
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Details God gave on burnt offering: (1) Without blemish, (2) Life extinguished and (3) Cleaned and prepared.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- When you think about fire, do you tend to think about it in a destructive way or a helpful way? Why or why not?
- How do you relate to how Todd showed the Holy Spirit is like a fire? What does that mean for your life each day?
- How does the Holy Spirit purify us like fire? What is the connection to sacrifice and the temple?
- Coming out of this series, what did you learn about the Holy Spirit? How can you rely on the Holy Spirit each and every day of your life?