Divrei Hayamim II – Seven: Fire

“And when Solomon finished praying, and the fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the House (Chronicles II 7:1).” God’s presence manifests itself through fire, and, not to sound like a pyromaniac or anything, that totally makes sense to me. Even the smallest flame on a Shabbat candle is mesmerizing and enchanting, yet dangerous if not cared for properly. We need fire to survive, and yet we can’t survive fire. It’s actually a perfect metaphor for God. When we kindle a flame, it takes on a life of its own and can continue to grow and thrive without us, something that I strive for as an educator when I’m trying to ‘spark’ the interest and passion of my learners. But ultimately it needs a starter, that initial inspiration to fan the flames and create the life of that fire to begin with. This metaphor is mixing God and education in my mind, and that’s a happy intersection because I see them as intertwined in the best possible way.

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