The Falling Fire

July 10th, 2013

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Amos 1:11—2:5

In Scripture fire often symbolizes the presence of God (think of Moses at the burning bush). In the book of Acts fire was a symbol of the purifying work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:8-9). In Amos, fire speaks of judgment. God repeatedly says, “I will send fire.” God will judge the nations. Dr. W. T. Purkiser viewed divine wrath as “The unfailing opposition of God’s holy love to all that is evil.” Certainly God’s holy love opposes those who commit brutal crimes against people God had created.

Amos warns the falling fire is sent not only upon pagan nations but upon God’s own people. They had turned from the God who had chosen them, freed them from bondage, and entered into a covenant agreement with them. Claiming to be a covenant partner with the Sovereign Lord carries a responsibility to live in accordance with His revealed word. Jesus stressed this same responsibility to His disciples. “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15). May we show our love for Christ today, especially through our love for others.

Author: Ronald Beech

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One Response to “The Falling Fire”

  1. Barbara Says:

    July 10th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    “In Scripture fire often symbolizes the presence of God (think of Moses at the burning bush).”

    In Jeremiah 23:29 God declares HIS Word is like a fire. Fire provides light & heat and purifies & consumes.

    The study of “fire” in the scriptures is very fascinating and revealing regarding God’s nature.

    Jesus came baptizing in the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11); thus, understanding this “fire” helps our discipleship growth. Most realize that the Holy Spirit produces a fire in the heart; however, the witness of others also produce a fire (Jeremiah 5:14). This is the “spiritual salt” referenced in Mark 9:49. Plus, 1 Peter 1:6-7 explains the refining fire of trials and tribulation.

    Therefore, while “falling fire” is literally scary, the fire insurance is really in understanding the “firewall” that Jesus provides.

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