The Fire Of The Lord
Throughout the Old Testament, we read about the fire of the Lord. What is the fire of the Lord? What is its purpose?
How does the fire of the Lord manifest in our modern day era?
The fire of the Lord consists of two different types of fire. Fire in the Hebrew language has different meanings.
One of the Hebrew words for fire is ‘esh (H784) and it means the literal flaming hot fire signifying the wrath of God against sin.
For example, this is the fire that God rained down on the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24). This is a powerful and consuming fire. God is, in fact, a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
The other Hebrew word for fire is ‘ishshah (H801) which means burnt offering, an offering made by fire or fire offering. (Strong Hebrew/Greek Concordance)
For example Exodus 29:18 states: And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the Lord: it is a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
The burnt offering whether it consists of meat, fine flour with oil or a drink offering made with wine is always offered as a sweet aroma or savor to God.
What is the meaning of sweet savor?
Pleasant and soothing; satisfaction and delight.
When the offerings are burned with fire they produced a fragrant aroma that is pleasing to God. The Lord delights in this pleasant smell and it soothes and satisfies Him.
What was the purpose of these sweet aromatic offering?
- Consecration and holiness to God especially consecration of the priests before they minister before the Lord (Leviticus 8:28; Lev. 21:6-21).
- Special feasts or holy convocation unto the Lord (Leviticus 23:4-8; Lev. 23)
- The feast of the first fruit offering when the Israelites inherited the Promised Land (Leviticus 23:9-14).
- Offering for the atonement of sin (Leviticus15).
John the Baptiste, the forerunner of Jesus Christ stated that Christ will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11-12). The fire of the Lord will purge while at the same time it will burn and destroy.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell on the apostle as cloven tongues of fire (Acts 2). The Holy Ghost fire anointed them with power and boldness to preach the gospel of Christ in different languages and to heal and deliver.
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
To present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God means that the Holy Spirit fire of God will purify us by burning out sin in our lives so that our fragrance will be sweet and pleasing to God.
Let the fire of God burn in our midst!
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