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God as Fire

Is fire good?  It’s good under my cooking pot (I like a gas, rather than electric, stove) but not inside a pan of grease.  It’s great to have as a campfire, but not loose in the forest.  Fire is awesome, powerful, purifying, destructive, fearful, enlightening….

In Exodus, God appeared as fire several times.  First to Moses in a burning bush (Exodus 3), commanding his attention and obedience as He commissioned him to go to Egypt to rescue his people.  Imagine listening to a fire and even arguing with it, as Moses did!

The next time Moses encountered God as fire was when the Israelites left Egypt (13:21-22).  God led them in the form of a pillar of cloud by day which turned into a pillar of fire at night.  This fire guided them and gave them light, comfort and protection.  God’s presence was actually visible to them.

Thirdly, God appeared as a fearsome, blazing fire that came down onto Mount Sinai (19:16-18) producing thick, black smoke and causing the whole mountain to quake.  The terrified people were forbidden to come near, nor did they want to.

Is God a tame God whom we can control like a campfire or a flame under our cooking pans?  As the writer of Hebrews says, “Our God is a consuming fire.”  No, I can’t control God, nor would I want to.  My prayer is that He will control me! 

Here’s an article that has more on this topic:  http://www.gotquestions.org/consuming-fire.html

Stay tuned for another post on the other side of God’s character which was revealed on top of that fiery mountain.

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And Your Assignment Is…

Today I listened in on an argument between God and Moses.  It went something like this (see Exodus 3-4).  God’s parts are in all caps.  Note the first person pronouns used by both speakers.

I HAVE SEEN THE MISERY OF MY PEOPLE…SO I HAVE COME DOWN TO RESCUE THEM.  NOW GO!  I’M SENDING YOU TO PHARAOH.

            But who am I to go to Pharaoh?

I WILL BE WITH YOU.

            But who shall I tell the Israelites is sending me?

I AM WHO I AM

            But what if they don’t believe me?

I AM GIVING YOU MIRACLES TO CONVINCE THEM.

            But I can’t speak well.

I MADE YOUR MOUTH AND WILL HELP YOU SPEAK.

            Please send someone else!

(Angrily)  I’LL SEND YOUR BROTHER WITH YOU AND WILL HELP YOU BOTH. 

Two thoughts come to mind:

1.  When God has a job to do, he equips and sends a person to do it.  Where else in the Bible does this happen? 

2.  What does He have for me to do today?  If it’s an “impossible” job, how am I responding? 

3.  Am I focusing on my inadequacies (note Moses’ personal pronouns) or on God’s power (notice the God’s personal pronouns)?

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