Leviticus 9:23
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Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

King James Bible
And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and came out and blessed the people; and the glory of Jehovah appeared to all the people.

World English Bible
Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the people.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses goeth in -- Aaron also -- unto the tent of meeting, and they come out, and bless the people, and the honour of Jehovah appeareth unto all the people;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle - It is supposed that Moses accompanied Aaron into the tabernacle to show him how to offer the incense, prepare the lamps and the perfume, adjust the shew-bread, etc., etc.

And the glory of the Lord appeared - To show that every thing was done according to the Divine mind,

1. The glory of Jehovah appears unto all the people;

2. A fire came out from before the Lord, and consumed the burnt-offering. This was the proof which God gave upon extraordinary occasions of his acceptance of the sacrifice. This was done probably,

1. In the case of Abel, Genesis 4:4.

2. In the case of Aaron; see above, Leviticus 9:24.

3. In the case of Gideon, Judges 6:21.

4. In the case of Manoah and his wife. Compare Judges 13:19-23.

5. In the case of David dedicating the threshing-floor of Ornan, 1 Chronicles 21:28.

6. In the case of Solomon dedicating the temple, 2 Chronicles 7:1.

7. In the case of Elijah, 1 Kings 18:38.

Hence to express the accepting of an offering, sacrifice, etc., the verb דשן dishshen is used, which signifies to reduce to ashes, i. e., by fire from heaven. See Psalm 20:3. In such a case as this, it was necessary that the fire should appear to be divinely sent, and should come in such a way as to preclude the supposition that any art or deceit had been practiced on the occasion. Hence it is not intimated that Moses and Aaron brought it out of the tabernacle, professing that God had kindled it there for them, but the fire Came Out from Before the Lord, and All the People Saw it. The victims were consumed by a fire evidently of no human kindling. Josephus says that "a fire proceeded from the victims themselves of its own accord, which had the appearance of a flash of lightning;" εξ αυτων πυρ ανηφθη αυτοματον, και ὁμοιον αστραπης λαμπηδονι ὁρωμενον τῃ φλογι· "and consumed, all that was upon the altar." - Antiq., lib. iii., c. 8, s. 6, edit. Haverc. And it is very likely that by the agency of the ethereal or electric spark, sent immediately from the Divine presence, the victims were consumed. The heathens, in order to give credit to their worship, imitated this miracle, and pretended that Jupiter testified his approbation of the sacrifices offered to him by thunder and lightning: to this Virgil seems to allude, though the words have been understood differently.

Audiat haec genitor, qui foedera fulmine sancit.

Aen. xii., ver. 200.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

came out

Luke 1:21,22 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple...

Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself...

the glory

Leviticus 9:6 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that you should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear to you.

Numbers 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones...

Numbers 16:19,42 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation...

Library
"Then the Fire of the Lord Fell. " 1 Kings xviii. 38
It was fire that came direct from heaven. It was not the first time it had fallen; we read of it in Leviticus ix. 24 as coming from before the Lord, and consuming the sacrifice. It was God's way of showing His power and his favour, and it was something that could neither be imitated nor produced by anyone else besides Jehovah. I.--THIS FIRE CAME AT A TIME OF APOSTACY. The nation, headed by King Ahab, had gone very far away from God. They needed some signal display of God's power to win them back
Thomas Champness—Broken Bread

Cross References
Exodus 39:43
Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.

Leviticus 9:6
Then Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the LORD may appear to you."

Numbers 14:10
But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

Numbers 16:19
When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly.

2 Chronicles 7:1
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

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