From Exodus 34: 12 – 16, God describes idolatry as harlotry, playing around with someone else’s spouse. It is a case of divided loyalties. God becomes angry, jealous, when this happen spiritually. In fact, in Deuteronomy 4: 24; His anger becomes so hot that he describes Himself as being a consuming fire. Fire all the times, symbolizes God’s radiant glory as an aspect of His holiness – Revelation 1: 12 – 6 ” …God’s eyes, feet & face are expressed with the metaphor of fire “.
Zeal & jealousy are opposite sides of the same coin. Both of them are driven by passion. One is positive, the other negative. One is for, One is against. Zeal is passionately for something or somebody; while jealousy is passionately against something or somebody. Similarly, fire is hot, and it is both positive and negative. It symbolizes both refining and purifying, on the one hand, and death and destruction on the other.
We ought to be like burning beings before God’s throne, the Seraphim, the spirits that blaze and serve. We ought to be like God Himself, all aflame with love. Let us seek penitently for that spirit of fire, who will dwell in us all if we will – Isaiah 48: 10 “ Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver, I have tried and chosen you in the furnace of affliction. ” – Furthermore, Malachi 3: 3 ” He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness. “
The metaphor of fire suggests also purifying. The Spirit of burning will burn the filth out of us. That is the only way by which a man can ever be made clean.You may wash and wash, and wash with the cold water of moral reformation, you will ever cleanse sin. The way to purge a soul is to do with it as they do with foul clay – thrust it into the fire and that will burn all the blackness out of it. Get the love of God into your hearts, and the fire of His Divine Spirit into your spirits to melt you down, as it were, and them the scum and the dross will come to the top, and you can skim them off ( Isaiah 1: 25 ).
Two powers conquer my sin: The one is the precious blood of Jesus Christ ( 1 Peter 1: 19 ), which washes me from all the guilt of the past. The other is the fiery influence of that Divine Spirit makes me pure and clean for all the time to come “ Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the teachers and those who are wise shall understand. ” – Daniel 12: 10.