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Fire in the Bridal Chamber – SoS Saturday


Put me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol;
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
The very flame of the LORD.

Song of Songs 8:6 NASB

How often, when we think of flames and the Lord God in the same passage are we pondering His judgment?

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, - Mark 9:43

But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8

But what if the consuming fire of God is not His judgement, but His very nature. What if—well—“our God is a consuming fire.” - Hebrews 12:29

That exact phrase “consuming fire” shows up eight times in the NASB. Moses uses it three times, Isaiah four times and it shows up there in Hebrews 12, again quoting Moses in Deuteronomy.

When Moses first met the Lord, He manifested Himself as a non-consuming fire—in the bush that burned but was not consumed.

Though this nature of fire possessed by the Lord demands a posture of awe, it’s not about fear of judgment for His children. It’s not that the Lord is saying behave or I’ll burn you.

Not at all—in fact—though our worship set may call Him the “all consuming fire” the fact is He consumes the dross and refines the gold and silver and precious things we are made of.

If we are His, His fire is not to be feared, but embraced as that which is the best for us.

Those who are in rebellion, who have not surrendered their lives to King Jesus have much to fear.

I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! - Luke 12:4-5 NASB

But to those of us, His children, His lovers, on whom His mercy rests, His fire is only good.

Remember the words of John the Baptist. His baptism was one of repentance, but there was one—Jesus—coming after him who would baptize us in the Holy Spirit and fire. He was not warning us away, but sending us toward this greater baptism, the fuller relationship, this wonderful, glorious FIRE.

This fire is an expression of His character—His love. Love expresses itself in doing the best it can for it’s object. So it is that the Father’s love for us purges us, cleans us, frees us from the filth and death of our old nature and prepares us for His glorious presence.

Perhaps this fire is the wedding garment of the His glorious bride.

I really love this idea!

Hey - my friend Steve Bremner recently aired a podcast about the God who answers by fire - check it out here..

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7 thoughts on “Fire in the Bridal Chamber – SoS Saturday

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  2. joseph elon lillie

    I was just reading about the fire that tests the believer's works from 1 Corinthians. I think the trick is to let Jesus rebuild us with things that will not burn. We spend so much time focusing on the things that will not survive the fire.

    1. Ben Nelson

      So right Pastor J. If we expend our lives building a fireproof life, the result would not be simple safety, but the joy and peace would be outrageous

  3. Jean

    Yesterday I could not seem to get this verse out of my head...I meditated on it all day: Numbers 31:22....Howbeit the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 23every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make to go through the fire, and it shall be clean; nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of sprinkling...

    Then I read in your article your words .. "He consumes the dross and refines the gold and silver and precious things we are made of. If we are His, His fire is not to be feared, but embraced as that which is the best for us." Coupled with being baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire....I don't just seemed to all come as a picture to me. Fire, water, purification, our bodies. Thanks for your ministries, I just came upon it and will be following...Shalom

    1. Ben Nelson

      This came as an eye-opener for me as well, as i pondered the fire of His love. thanks for the reference back to Numbers. Wonderful - and welcome!

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