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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.


Written by Agrammatos

October 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Posted in General, Scripture

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