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CONSUMING FIRE



 

Seventy-something years ago, CS Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia. Remember?

 

Deep in the Wardrobe, as the four adventuring children explored, they encountered Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who told them of Aslan, the King of Narnia. 

 

“Aslan is a lion - the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh” said Susan. “I'd thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver ... “Who said anything about safe? Course he isn't safe. But he's good.”

 

Aslan is a picture of Jesus…

 

We know that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). In fact, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV). “God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 

God is good. And, at the same time, “our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).

 

At Mount Sinai, “the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it…  The appearance of the Lord’s glory to the Israelites was like a consuming fire on the mountaintop” (Exodus 24:16–17). When the Children of Israel were nearing the Promised Land, God spoke. Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you, and make an idol for yourselves in the shape of anything he has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 4:23–24).

 

Is God good? Yes.

 

Is God a tame Lion? No. Absolutely not.“God is a consuming fire!”




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