I really don’t understand how people will pick a verse for their theme verse and have no clue what it means. Does no one tell them? What about their own pastors?
Youth being reached for the Lord at ‘The Furnace’
They came up with the name ‘The Furnace’ from a verse of scripture in the Bible.
“Hebrews 12:29 says, For our God is a consuming fire,” said Kay. “If people start living for God and doing things for God, it will spread just like a fire. That is an awesome thing for God to spread out like that in this community, this county, this state and however far God wants to take it.”
Here is the full sentence.
28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,
29 for our God is a consuming fire. ESV
Is that a good thing to want God to come as a consuming fire? Only if you are righteous and holy.
10 “Now I will arise,” says the Lord, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.
11 You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you.
12 And the peoples will be as if burned to lime, like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.”
13 Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
16 he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. ESV
Still not convinced how about these:
Exodus 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” ESV
Exodus 33:3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” ESV
Joshua 24:20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.” ESV
2 Kings 1:12 But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. ESV
Psalms 21:9 You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. ESV
Ezekiel 15:7 And I will set my face against them. Though they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, and you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. ESV
See these for more information:
The first one has several more verses about God being a Consuming Fire.
My God is a Consuming Fire
My Favorite Quote from The Holiness of God Conference
Ligonier National Conference – R.C. Sproul (II) – A Consuming Fire: Holiness, Wrath and Justice