Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground. – Leviticus 9:24
When Aaron and Moses had dedicated the tabernacle upon completion of the prescribed sacrifices, God’s glory showed forth and burst into a flame that consumed the final sacrifice upon the altar. The people witnessed a physical manifestation of God’s glory, shouted for joy, and fell down on their faces in worship to the living God.
The significance of this act of God was that he approved of the tabernacle as the first of three places upon the earth that he would deem worthy to be his dwelling place among men. The second was Solomon’s temple while the third was the hearts of men and women, temples not made with human hands. (See 2 Chronicles 7 and Acts 2). However, there was another significant act that occurred at that time in Moses’ day. The people fell prostrate before the Lord when he revealed his glory in a physical means. The priests, we would later read, could not enter the tabernacle to perform their duties during this time. Everyone submitted to the presence of God’s glory. His very presence was (and still is) so powerful that mankind could not stand in it. Jesus has paid the price to where we can now enter the Most Holy Place and be with the Father continually, but we still need to have a sense of reverence and awe when we are in God’s presence. When was the last time you fell on your face before God and all his glory in order to honor him and worship him? Why not take some time today to get alone before the Creator of the universe and honor him in worship and experience YHWH in all his glory?
Father, I ask that in our alone time today that you would grace me with your Skekinah glory. Allow me to just kneel at your feet and lie face down before you and revel in your majesty. Yes, I know you are my Father, but I want to just humble myself before you and revere you for who you are – YHWH, the I AM WHO I AM! There is no god like you, YHWH. You alone are God. The LORD my God is ONE! Praise be to your name. I honor you and give you all glory and praise. May you be lifted up for all men to see and to whom be drawn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.