5. Year 2019 REJOICE incite & ignite others to burn
INCITE & IGNITE OTHERS TO BURN
The next letter in REJOICE is I, and it stands for both INCITE & IGNITE. We are to REJOICE in 2019, and while doing so, we need to ignite others to burn with the same joy with which we are rejoicing. We need to incite others to rejoice this year. Our REJOICING is like a fire burning within us, and to share and encourage others to IGNITE in fiery rejoicing also.
Fire is a symbol, that can illustrate many truths. It enlightens, it warms, it destroys, it purifies, it judges. Therefore, fire can teach multiple truths from its natures. God chooses to teach us much by typology. God, Who in His foreknowledge, has always known the plan and revelation of the new covenant with all its details. So, in the Old Testament, He shows in picture form, in types and figures, what would soon come to pass in reality. Just as a picture of an absent loved one, is treasured and often viewed, while awaiting that one’s return, so a type in the Old Testament, showed the image of what was to someday come in reality. The reality is valuable and revealing of many truths, as a lamb on the altar of burnt offering showed in type the sacrificial nature of Jesus.
When Jesus came, the lamb, though a beautiful picture, is not preferred to the reality of Jesus. Yet, the picture of the lamb, is a beautiful way to teach the reality of Jesus’ nature and work for us. We can view in clearness, His way and manner of approaching the sacrifice He gave for us. Typology should not replace the reality, but should make the reality more clear, more understood.
We miss much if we do not get the groundwork of typology correct. It can also be related to the foundation of a building. To have a good foundation in typology, strengthens the beauty and reality of the structure upon such foundation. The symbol of fire therefore can teach us much. God offers ‘fire’ to many in the Bible.
The message to Isaiah shows that God wants a fire is bestowed:
Isaiah 6:5-7 (KJV)
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
When Isaiah confessed his uncleanliness in words spoken, a seraphim brought from God a ‘coal of fire’ to put upon Isaiah’s lips. The fire removed the sin of Isaiah, cleansing the filth that had flowed from his lips previously. Isaiah’s sin was a lip and tongue sin. There is no other member of the body that is easily encouraged to sin.
Our REJOICING comes through our lips, and the fire that flows through our lips cleanses the filth that previously flowed through our lips.
David had once proclaimed ‘All men are liars.’ (Psalms 106:2), and unfortunately, at sometime in every life that is quite an unfortunate truth.
Peter had a self assertive tongue. He listened to the Lord’s description of how he would fail the Lord, and Peter proclaimed ‘not I’. That lie was unintentional, but was a prideful, and was blasphemous to assert that Jesus had told an untruth.
Nebuchadnezzar had a proud tongue, and proclaimed ‘Is not this the great Babylon which I built.” (Daniel 4:30)
Paul spoke of the gossiping tongues of some. “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. (1 Timothy 5:13)
Gideon had a questioning tongue of doubt. “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valor. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of?” (Judges 6:12-13)
Jonah had a fiery tongue of temper. “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed... I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God,... Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.” (Jonah 4:1-3)
We are commanded to ‘put off’ the filthy talk from our lives:
Colossians 3:8-10 (KJV)
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Isaiah had probably had filthy words, lying words, blasphemous words, doubting words, angry words, etc. He felt unclean due to the horrible words that had flowed through his lips. It took the fiery coals, to spiritually cleanse his lips so he would be able to be the prophet that God wanted him to become.
We want to REJOICE with our lips, we can cleanse the former sinful words, so we can be spokespersons for the Lord in these last days, so that many would come to the Lord. We need a fiery REJOICING cleansing. We need to INCITE others to that same goal. We need to IGNITE others to burn sinful words away with the REJOICING.
Just as fire does many things, good and seemingly bad, so the symbol of fire is mainly a symbol of the presence of God that does all those things.
The burning bush revealed the presence of God to Moses:
Exodus 3:2 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
The fire by day over the tabernacle revealed the presence of God leading the children of Israel:
Exodus 13:21-22 (KJV)
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
On the day of Pentecost, ‘tongues of fire’ came and sat upon all of those who were filled with the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:3-4 (KJV)
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
At the Tabernacle, fire showed God’s approval. The fire consumed the offering, and showed that God had approved and had accepted the repentance of the people:
Leviticus 9:24 (KJV)
And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
Fire purifies as a refiner’s fire purifies the metal:
Malachi 3:1-3 (KJV)
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Fiery REJOICING purifies the dross of pride. It burns the rags of self-righteousness. It burns the leaves of empty profession. The stubble of doubt is burned by God’s fire of purification. The thorns of a prickly temper are burnt by God’s presence in fiery REJOICING. The filth of an unholy life are to be burnt from us. The useless chaff is said to someday be burnt. The roots of bitterness are to be burnt away. Fiery REJOICING a purification process. When we are sinful and unclean, like a fire, our REJOICING in the Lord purifies. We need to incite others into this REJOICING, and ignite REJOICING.
The words of God were like fire when they His word flowed through Jeremiah’s lips:
Jeremiah 5:14 (KJV)
Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Jeremiah confirmed that there was a ‘burning fire’ inside him, demanding to flow out of his lips:
Jeremiah 20:9 (KJV)
Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
The presence of the Lord is in our fiery words of REJOICING. REJOICING illuminates us. So, what were these burning coals that Isaiah received upon his lips, that changed his words from sinful expressions to words of praise and rejoicing?
The passage says that ‘mine eyes have seen the King’, so the presence of the Lord was there. The presence was accompanied with fire, fire to cleanse the unclean lips of Isaiah. This fire was God’s judgment on the sins of the tongue that Isaiah had committed. God did not approve of the sin, though He approved of the choice of Isaiah for His work. Sin needed judged, but Isaiah received mercy and the calling of God. The purification of the vessel chosen by God was necessary, so that the words that would flow from him would be God’s holy and pure words, words that REJOICED in the presence of the Lord. The fiery coals typified the purification and judgment of the impure words.
Isaiah 6:7-8 (KJV)
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The fiery coals, the presence of God brings judgment, purification, approval, and illumination. From that day forward, the words of fiery REJOICING from God’s presence, flowed from Isaiah.
We need to encourage others to let the fiery REJOICING words flow from their mouths too.