FIRE, n. [The radical sense of fire is usually, to rush, to rage, to be violently agitated; and if this is the sense of fire, in coincides with L. furo. It may be from shining or consuming.] Now let us look at the uses of fire…
• For sacred purposes. The sacrifices were consumed by fire (Gen. 8:20). The ever-burning fire on the altar was first kindled from heaven (Lev. 6:9, 13; 9:24), and afterwards rekindled at the dedication of Solomon’s temple (2 Chr. 7:1, 3). The expressions “fire from heaven” and “fire of the Lord” generally denote lightning, but sometimes also the fire of the altar was so called (Ex. 29:18; Lev. 1:9; 2:3; 3:5, 9).
Fire for a sacred purpose obtained otherwise than from the altar was called “strange fire” (Lev. 10:1, 2; Num. 3:4).
• For domestic purposes, such as baking, cooking, warmth, etc. (Jer. 36:22; Mark 14:54; John 18:18). But on Sabbath no fire for any domestic purpose was to be kindled (Ex. 35:3; Num. 15:32-36).
•Punishment of death by fire was infliobject.n such as were guilty of certain forms of unchastity and incest (Lev. 20:14; 21:9). The burning of captives in war was not unknown among the Jews (2 Sam. 12:31; Jer. 29:22). The bodies of infamous persons who were executed were also sometimes burned (Josh. 7:25; 2 Kings 23:16).
• Punishment of death by fire was inflicted on such as were guilty of certain forms of unchastity and incest (Lev. 20:14; 21:9). The burning of captives in war was not unknown among the Jews (2 Sam. 12:31; Jer. 29:22). The bodies of infamous persons who were executed were also sometimes burned (Josh. 7:25; 2 Kings 23:16).
• In war, fire was used in the destruction of cities, as Jericho (Josh. 6:24), Ai (8:19), Hazor (11:11), Laish (Judg. 18:27), etc. The war-chariots of the Canaanites were burnt (Josh. 11:6, 9, 13). The Israelites burned the images (2 Kings 10:26; R.V., “pillars”) of the house of Baal. These objects of worship seem to have been of the nature of obelisks, and were sometimes evidently made of wood.
Torches were sometimes carried by the soldiers in battle (Judg. 7:16).
• Figuratively, fire is a symbol of Jehovah’s presence and the instrument of his power (Ex. 14:19; Num. 11:1, 3; Judg. 13:20; 1 Kings 18:38; 2 Kings 1:10, 12; 2:11; Isa. 6:4; Ezek. 1:4; Rev. 1:14,etc.)
God’s word is also likened unto fire (Jer. 23:29). It is referred to as an emblem of severe trials or misfortunes (Zech. 12:6; Luke 12:49; 1 Cor. 3:13, 15; 1 Pet. 1:7), and of eternal punishment (Matt. 5:22; Mark 9:44; Rev. 14:10; 21:8).
The influence of the Holy Ghost is likened unto fire (Matt. 3:11). His descent was denoted by the appearance of tongues as of fire (Acts 2:3).
For our issue we are going to base mainly on the boldened definition.
God shows His might and terrible presence by reason of fire. Fire clears out all impurities from an object.Just like when gold is being refined, it is passed through red hot fire.God is pure so He wants us also to be pure.For us to be pure,we have to be passed through red hot fire. In such a process all “self” will be dealt with by burning to ashes.
Our God is to be greatly feared by virtue of the fire for it can devour you.That is why He cleansed us with the blood,that we may appear blameless before His sight.
When the three Jewish brothers were being sent into the fire,we realised that their escorts were killed by the fire but they weren’t harmed.This is a scenario were hearts are passed through fire.The three were pure in heart,because they revered God unlike their escorts who worshiped idols.How can you punish a child of God with or in fire and expect not to be least scorched.The Father of the child,Himself is a consuming fire.[Dan 3:12-end,1Cor 3:13]
We as believers are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice unto our God.
God scatters or destroys our enemies by reason of fire also,when Elijah commanded fire to consume his enemies.
Fire gives illumination, we know that His word is light.Whilst He was leading the Israelites from Egypt,He came as a pillar of fire.He directed their every move and step in holiness.The psalmist said thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
The HolyGhost as He descended, came as a rushing wind and cloven tongue of fire,because it came to purify the vessels before He settled.When the Apostles were said to be on fire it meant they were burning with zeal inspired by the HolyGhost.
On the last day God will destroy the earth with fire,that only the pure may stand.
🔥 Fear the Lord our God,for He is a consuming fire🔥🔥