Here we shall look at the Spirit of God which is symbolized by seven lamps of burning before the throne of God(Re.4:5). Consider this is a memorial of God indicating divine nature in expression. God is a Spirit so it is not the Holy Spirit but Spirit as a vehicle for God, the Son is the subject here. Memorial is for the Son, as in the case of the seven candlesticks. These both refer to the Son as having fulfilled the will of the Father on the earth. Seven denotes perfection. So what the prophet enumerates in this chapter must be understood as different aspects of Spirit working through the Son. Seven lamps of fire are the sum total of Power and Wisdom signified in visual terms. When Jesus drove away the money changers from the temple said unto them, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves (Matt.21:13,12)”. In quoting the Psalmist he serves as bridge between the Holiness of the Father and his own antecedents as the Word made flesh. He came to manifest the invisible God (Col.1:15). How shall anyone know of the love of God, and for that matter His jealousy? When Moses warned of God he said,
“For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God (Deut.4:24)”. In driving away the moneychangers Jesus made manifest as well as prove a point: holiness of God and covetousness do not go together. Money changers had usurped the holy precinct for making money. Whereas He was there in fulfillment of God’s Will.
Jealousy for Holiness of God as exemplified in the Son must be seen as an example. Jealousy of man is a failing and by all accounts a negative emotion that has no place in a child of God. Here the Spirit is helping us in our infirmities by comparing an aspect of Holiness in human terms. So it can only be in the manner our Redeemer Lord has shown.On the other hands compare the seraphim (or the fiery serpents) quelled the riot in the wilderness necessitating the erection of a brazen serpent and whosoever bitten by serpent upon looking at it lived. This emblem curiously enough also attests to the Son who made manifest the divine Jealousy as well as Redemption.
Fire symbolizes the Spirit.
Old as an adjective does not apply to fire. It is always in the present and it is on the same level as ‘Now is the day of your salvation(2 Co.6:2’. What we need to keep in mind is that it is God’s Time. It is one reason why the Spirit uses prophecy as a vehicle for the Father-Son relationship. Wherever the verse is quoted it instantly recalls the eternal Word and the Word made flesh which is of the earth time. Through the atoning work we are also redeemed from earth time, a point mostly overlooked. For this reason Christian Living is a matter of bridging heaven and the earth. We shall see how.
It is significant that the Spirit came down from heaven in tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost. So when we affirm we have indwelling spirit are we not living in God’s Time? “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (He.13:8)”. When we are born again are we not raised to live with him than dig deeper into the earth as before? It is for this reason the evangelicals of today under the law of gradation are compared with the Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’s time. Their hypocrisy we see in the activism of today.
Here is a passage every child of God should closely meditate. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God./ Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth(Col.3:1-3). In the same chapter we read that covetousness is as good as idolatry. Remember the example of Gehazi?
We are warned not to quench the Spirit (1 Thess.5:19). It has been given for our profit. Like the unprofitable and wicked servant let none of us hide the talent in the ground.
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.