Fire — Purity — Salted with fire — Esh (Hebrew) and Pur (Greek)

On May 20, 2013 5:25 PM, "Stephen Williamson" wrote:

Subject: Fire in me - interesting phrase

Hi all

Just been meditating on Jesus’s words in Mark 9:49: “Every person will be salted with fire”. No, doesn’t sound very attractive, does it ? :-)

He then goes on to say “have salt in yourselves, and be at peace (flow) with one another.” So the fire, the fiery trials, which are necessary for us all, will bring out the salt in us ‘cause that’s what remains in us after fire’s done its work. Happens literally, and happens spiritually as well.

Mind you, when it says in Hebrews “He makes his ministers flaming fires”, I’m very conscious of the Lord’s prayer as well “Lead us not into the place of stress (i.e. temptation), but deliver us from evil”. Asking for the “fire to burn in me”, as a number of chorusus go, sounds somewhat heavy, the older we get. Especially when we look at Job, and the Lord’s discussions with Satan. ;-)

It’s perhaps better to pray “search us oh God and know our hearts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead us in the way everlasting”. This is what Paul means about “judging ourselves”, responding to the Lord’s talking to us and guiding us.

In fact I checked out the phrase “fire in me” in scripture. It’s not there as a phrase, there are 13 verses that have those three words in them, and most of them are said pretty destructively. Particularly that fifth one.

The verses are below for those interested, interesting that Tommy Barnett preached on the sixth one (Judges 9) on Sunday, yes, may the Lord have mercy on us all.

Blessings all Steve

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1 Numbers 28:2

Command the children of Israel, and say to them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savor to me, shall you observe to offer to me in their due season.

2 Deuteronomy 5:22

These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them to me.

3 Deuteronomy 9:10

And the LORD delivered to me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spoke with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

4 Deuteronomy 10:4

And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spoke to you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them to me.

5 Deuteronomy 18:16

According to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

6 Judges 9:15

And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the Lebanon cedars. (i.e. beautiful, lofty trees)

7 Nehemiah 1:3

And they said to me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

8 Psalms 118:12

They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

9 Isaiah 65:5

Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day.

10 Jeremiah 17:27

But if you will not hearken to me to hallow (keep holy) the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

11 Ezekiel 23:37

That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bear to me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.

12 John 15:6

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

13 Revelation 3:18

I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.

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