Words on Fire
Fire and Torah make good partners. Early on, the Almighty ratified the covenant with Abram with fire. Then, He flared in holy flames from the bush before Moses.
Later, He scorched Mount Sinai with His fire. When He spoke the commandments, His words went forth as flames of fire (Targum, Exodus 19). His voice became fiery sparks which came to rest upon the Israelites (Midrash, Exodus Rabbah 5:7). Ancient accounts claim that Moses recorded the Torah there as black fire upon white fire. The words did not rest upon white parchment, but white fire. Even the space around each letter of the Torah contained this sacred fire.
Finally, He crowned believers with tongues of fire. Yeshua’s followers were praying on the anniversary of the encounter at Mount Sinai. On that day, fire began to twinkle over the heads of believers. It was Shavuot or Pentecost in Acts 2:1.
Truth be known, Jeremiah thought his bones were burning from the inside due to fire (Jeremiah 20:9). The Almighty’s word was a fire within him, compelling him to tell his countrymen to repent. Jeremiah felt that if he did not declare holy words, fire would burn his heart until it entirely consumed him. “Is not my word like fire,” asks the Father in Jeremiah 23:29, “and like a hammer that breaks rock in pieces?”
Fire calls to fire, just as deep calls to deep. What fiery message burns within you? It is time to pray for guidance. Then, write the fire and proclaim it. For the sake of His fiery majesty, we can even dance the fire or sing it.
Published March 6, 2018