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FIRE and a Silly Question


When you hear the word, “FIRE”, what comes to mind? HEAT? SMOKE? BURNING?… ASHES?? Yeah, me too!

For instance…. How about Sodom and Gomorra? There is an example of what FIRE can do!! It isn’t still burning today, but, it lasted until the fuel was gone: It could not be put out! FIRE Burns!! Fire Consumes!!

Another example of FIRE that burns and consumes… 1 Kings 18:19-38
Elijah and the prophets of Baal… Two bullocks… one for the 450 prophets of baal… and one for the prophet of God… Baal’s men put the sacriifice on the alter ready to burn, but they put no FIRE under it… then,, they went from morning til noon, praying and crying out to Baal to burn and accept their sacrifice… Baal did not answer, and at noon, Elijah began to mock them and provoke them… “Cry Aloud”, he said, “maybe he’s asleep or busy” So they cried even louder and cut themseles… their false god did not respond…. After midday was past, they continued until about the time of the evening sacrifice…. no sound, no answer, no response! Then, Elijah told everyone to gather around… he took twelve stones and built and altar… dug a trench around it, fixed the wood and cut up the sacriifice… then, he had the people to fill four barrells of water and pour it all over the alter- he had them do it three times… TWELVE barrells of water!!! The sacrifice, the wood, the altar– They and the surrounding ground were drenched!!!! SOAKED!!! The trench was filled up with water!!

1Ki 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

That day, GOD used FIRE to show who HE WAS, and who His Servant was… this was FIRE that Burns and Consumes!!! Fire fell and burned up everything- the sacrifice, the wood, the STONES. and even the very DUST… then, it licked up the water in the trench!!

God used FIRE to demonstrate WHO HE WAS, and who His servant was…

To me, that shows the great power of God!

Fire burns and consumes!!!

I rarely stop to consider it beyond those features, but I learned a lot the other day when some friends were talking about FIRE… I asked a question about FIRE that got a really HOT response!

Have you ever said something that sounded silly? Maybe even ‘stupid’ on the surface? Well, I did! As I said, my friends were talking about FIRE and I just had to open my big mouth! One of the people was really upset!! They were ‘indignant’!! They got red-faced and their intelligence was offended!

I guess that’s what ‘silly’, stupid comments are good for! Anyway, I asked a question that wasn’t well received!! The person who got upset, and red-faced was on the verge of being FURIOUS! Without stopping to consider my question, he told me, point blank, just how STUPID and SILLY my question was!! I guess I deserved it… after all, these folks don’t know me very well, and they hardly have anything in common with me… I should have known better! …

Anyway, I guess you’re probably wondering what could be said about FIRE that would be so, ‘offensive’ and SILLY… Before I tell you what it was, let me say that the afore-mentioned conversation caused me to do some investigation… I found BIBLE EVIDENCE that there’s more to FIRE than most ever think about!!

I asked this question: “I wonder if fire could FREEZE”?

Now, that’s not an ‘exact’ quote, but it is the essence… See how silly that sounds? I admit it, it does sound silly on the surface! After all, FIRE burns!! FIRE consumes!!! This fella I mentioned, got really upset, and red-faced… he ‘cursed’ a few times and declared how SILLY and STUPID my comment was… Fire burns! Fire Consumes! Fire Destroys! …But, not ALWAYS!!! WAIT!!!… before you, also, judge me as totally messed up, please consider….

Consider what the Bible reveals about FIRE!!

In Exodus, Chapter Three, we find MOSES, out leading the flocks of Jethro, his father-in-law… All of a sudden, God appeared to him, –in a BURNING BUSH!

EX. 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with FIRE and the bush was not consumed.

Ex. 3:3 – And moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

The sight of a burning bush grabbed Moses
attention and he turned aside to see it… Gotta admit, it WAS a great sight! Something we don’t see very often… at all!

It was a ‘great sight’ because Moses knew that FIRE BURNS!! Fire consumes!! We’ve all read this story before, but, did we stop to consider how SPECIAL this FIRE was???? The bush was on fire, but it was NOT CONSUMED!!

To me, that shows the great power of God!

Another Example….

In the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, it speaks of King Nebuchadnezzar building an idol in the desert and commanding that everyone fall down and worship it, when they hear the music play… and, that those who would NOT do so, should be thrown into the midst of a BURNING, FIREY Furnace!!

You know the story… Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…. REFUSED!!

Dan 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Dan 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Dan 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Now, I guess you could say the King was a ‘reasonable’ guy, and so he gave them a chance to reconsider… Paraphrased: “hey guys, is it true that you are not willing to do as I said? Now, look, if you will just fall down and worship the idol when you hear the music play, then you will do well… but, if not, then I’m gonna throw you into the FIRE”

Notice here, I’m not the only one to make a STUPID STATEMENT:
King Neb also had his moments!

“….and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

Then, they told him point-blank… we will not do it, and IF you throw us into the fire, the God we serve is able to deliver us… and, even if He doesn’t, we still won’t worship your idol!

Notice what happened next: Like my friend who got upset, and red-faced, ….the King did too!!

King Nebuchadnezzar was ‘full of fury’, and the form of his visage was changed..” He was furious and red-faced and angry… he commanded the furnace to be heated (17 times?) hotter than normal, and that his ‘mighty men’ grab and tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego… to bind them hand and foot and throw them into the over-heated furnace!!

It was REALLY HOT!! It killed the men who threw them in!! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown in… they fell down, BOUND, into that Firey Furnace!!! Then, something interesting occurred…

The King looked in and was ASTONIED!!!! He was ‘astonished’ to see FOUR people walking around in the FIRE and not being hurt!! Not sure how he knew what the Son of God looked like, but that is what it says…. Anyway,
He was astonished to see that!! He called them forth out of the furnace and they came out…

At this point please NOTICE: Something WAS burned when they fell into the furnace!!!! What was it?

They were thrown in BOUND, and THEIR BINDINGS were burned off, with no harm to their clothing, or them!

There was a big crowd there… Princes, Governors, Captains, as well as the King’s Counsellors… they all saw this miracle!! These three men who were faithful to God, were not burned by the Fire… their clothing was not burned, and “ smell of fire passed on them”…

Fire Burns!! Fire Consumes!!… But, not always!!!!

One more example!

Acts, Chapter Two… New Kings James Version.

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Here again, is a FIRE that burns, but does not consume! This FIRE sat on the Apostles and their hair was not burned or even singed!!! The SOUND of that rushing, mighty wind, attracted the attention of those who were gathered about, and the FIRE captivated their focus!! What an awesome sight! Jews from all over, different languages, each one hearing the Apostles speak in their own language… SPEAKING WITH THEIR HEADS ON FIRE!!!!
What a tremendous witness! Yes, I know… FIRE burns!! FIRE consumes!!

But, Not Always!!!!!!!

Making that ‘silly, STUPID’ comment, led me to some interesting Bible Study that allowed me to consider FIRE in a different way!! It showed me that GOD truly is Almighty!! He truly is All powerful!!

To me, that shows the great power of God!

The Bible puts it this way:
MARK 10:27 “And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: FOR WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”

And, again in Mat. 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men, this is impossible: BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLLE.”

No, I couldn’t find mention of “frozen Fire”, but what I did find was the assurannce that if God wanted to, He could FREEZE IT!!

God can do anything!!

I also learned to be careful what I say around certain people! 🙂

So… what do you get out of these verses?