6 thoughts on “A flaming fire

  1. That fire looks really unique in the photo, like liquid, ethereal. It reminded me of the account in Judges 13:20 of what Samson’s parents witnessed firsthand after the angel came to visit them and tell them about the son that they were going to have. They thought it was a man of God, but it was the Angel of the Lord…. “As the flames from the altar shot up toward the sky, the angel of the LORD ascended in the fire.”

  2. Matthew Henry, “ (v. 4) he makes his angels spirits. This is quoted by the apostle (Heb 1 7) to prove the pre-eminence of Christ above the angels. The angels are here said to be his angels and his ministers, for they are under his dominion and at his disposal; they are winds, and a flame of fire, that is, they appeared in wind and fire (so some), or they are as swift as winds, and pure as flames; or he makes them spirits, so the apostle quotes it. They are spiritual beings; and, whatever vehicles they may have proper to their nature, it is certain they have not bodies as we have. Being spirits, they are so much the further removed from the encumbrances of the human nature and so much the nearer allied to the glories of the divine nature. And they are bright, and quick, and ascending, as fire, as a flame of fire. In Ezekiel’s vision they ran and returned like a flash of lightning, Ezek 1 14. Thence they are called seraphim—burners. Whatever they are, they are what God made them, what he still makes them; they derive their being from him, having the being he gave them, are held in being by him, and he makes what use he pleases of them.

    II. He looks down, and looks about, to the power of God shining in this lower world. He is not so taken up with the glories of his court as to neglect even the remotest of his territories; no, not the sea and dry land.”

  3. “You show me the path of life.
    In your presence there is fullness of joy;
    in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

    —Psalm 16:11, NRSV

  4. “That is why I remind you to fan into flame the fire, gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands…” 2 Timothy 1:6

  5. The NIV Bible did not have any foot notes for Psalm 104:4, but the footnotes for Psalm 104:1 seemed to be worth sharing in this blog. The footnotes for this verse says: “The Psalm is a poetic summary of God’s creation of the world as found in the first chapter of Genesis. What God created each day is mentioned by the writer as a reason to praise God. On day one, God created light; day two, the heavens and the waters; Day three, land and vegetation; day four; the sun, moon, and stars; day five; fish and birds; and on day six, animals, man, and food to sustain them. God’s act of creation deserves the praise of all people.” Praise God for creating angels.🙌 👼 😇

  6. Seems like fire serves many purposes as Sara shares from the photo, to the scripture, to the comments:
    “You show me the path of life…”
    “That is why I remind you to fan into flame the fire, gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands…” 2 Timothy 1:6

    Fire can burn things up (Matt 3:12); be eternal and unquenchable (Mark 9: 43; Matt 18:8) provide light and guidance (Exodus 13:21); test us (Mark 9:49); devour (Heb. 12:29; and be that gift that Sara writes about; etc. And thinking on stirring that flame up reminded me that fire is hot and produces heat and that there is a warning in Rev. 3:16 not to be lukewarm.

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