THE FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE
Fire is a fantastic analogy for the love that God has for us because in many ways, His love is like the blue of the bunsen flame – Intense, pure and true.
The colour orange normally associated with fire is a result of the presence of carbon in the flames. However, the hottest parts, where all carbon impurities have been completely burnt off, is a deep blue.
Ezekiel 1:26,27 describes God’s throne as a blue sapphire in appearance, and ringed with fire. And, biblical history describes one such place on earth (Exodus 25:10-22), where God said He would be pleased to hold court, dwell, meet and talk with man. That is, in the Holy of Holies, above the mercy seat, where grace covered law, between the wings of the cherubim.
The cross of Christ, is yet another place where love burned true in history and where grace covered law. Through His work on the cross, Jesus tore the veil separating sinful man from a holy God. He took our sins upon Himself and as a result, we can freely and boldly approach God the Father in His throne room, to directly talk with Him and hear Him speak in return.
“(God) made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21
“He [Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” ~ 1 John 2:2
The invitation to approach Him is for one and all!
When we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead, we are reconciled with God the Father and saved from the spiritual consequences of our of sins. For it is “with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9 -10)
Come let us enter in to encounter God more deeply, and seek to behold His beauty and return the embrace of His love with our hearts and lives!
The Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22)
“They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.”
You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.”
The Sapphire Throne (Ezekiel 1:26,27)
“And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.”
WHERE LOVE IS TRUE (Exo 25:10-22)
You are enthroned upon the cherubim
From of old unto eternity
Above the mercy seat
You reign and commune with men
In a place of grace and love without end
It’s a place where the flame is blue
It’s a place where love is true
It’s a place of strength divine
Where eagles swiftly soar and visions are defined
It’s a place of love intense
Where he reveals his plans to men
It’s a place of genius unveiled
And power supernatural
He invites us to that place
Where with our hearts we will embrace
The presence of the Living God
Awaiting there with his love to pour
Come let us ascend to that Holy Place
Where with our hearts we’ll see his face
And be filled with his passion intense
And power supernatural
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