Breaking and Burning

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Jeremiah 23:29

God compares His Word to many things throughout the Bible, and I enjoy thinking about these images that He provides.  In this verse, we have two things that the Bible is likened to, and both are wonderful pictures of what God’s Word is and does for us (and to us).

He begins by saying “Is not my word like as a fire?”  Yes it is!  The prophet Jeremiah said that His Word “was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…”  There are many different directions that you could take the fact that His Word is like a fire.  You could say that it is a purifying fire.  He uses the Bible to cleanse us and purify us.  You could say that it is like a fire in that it is very difficult to contain.  Fires tend to spread and, given free reign, God’s Word spreads from heart to heart.  His Word is definitely “like as a fire.”

The Bible is also “like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.”  Reading His Word will crush us.  When our hearts get hard, getting into the Bible is the remedy.  His Word will break us.  We can not be used of Him until we are broken, and that breaking comes from His Word.

He tells us in the Psalms that “… thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”  The Bible is vitally important to our lives.  We come to Christ through His Word and we walk with Christ in and through His Word.  Let us never get away from His Holy Word!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    I continue to marvel at how God is using you to bring these ‘hidden’ gems to the front. Thanks for being obedient

    “The Bible is also “like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.” Reading His Word will crush us. When our hearts get hard, getting into the Bible is the remedy. His Word will break us. We can not be used of Him until we are broken, and that breaking comes from His Word.”
    I don’t enjoy the breaking process but I’m learning to let Him walk me through it. Praying I’ll trust Him enough to let Him guide me over the rough places – breakings, rocks and all.

    Blessings
    ann

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  2. To think of His word as a fire, spreading . . .and as a hammer, crushing, breaking, leaves me very humbled. Praying that I stay in His word, under it’s power, each day as long as He needs me to, to get the job done. God bless you so much, Ben, for bringing His word and study to us each day.

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