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A Quickly Kindled Fire

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And the strong shall become tinder,
    and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
    with none to quench them.”  
– Isaiah 1:31

“Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” – James 3:4-6

Isaiah 1:31 presents an immediately ironic picture of the strong, the ones who would of their own strength stand in opposition to God. The powerful – the ones that should be counted on to defend themselves, and those that fall within their purview – they will be burned, and there will be none powerful enough to quench the fire. Not only will the strong be burned, but the image is not one of a slow starting fire. The strong are not compared to a wet cord of wood that takes effort and time for the fire to consume. God does not find himself taxed to bring about judgement… No, the strong will be tinder: the leftover chaff that catches immediately and burns throughly.

It doesn’t take a raging fire to consume tinder – only a spark; and the spark is nothing but the works of those that were considered strong. Their own actions provide the brief spark that immediately consumes the whole lot.

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Written by Agrammatos

October 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Posted in General, Scripture

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