Junior Ganymede
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Pillar of Fire

May 12th, 2017 by G.

There is a paradox.  When you are used to something, you have a hard time realizing how strange and beautiful and unusual something is.  But you can’t really know it without getting used to it.  I think its why we have to be both body and spirit, and experience both time and eternity, to truly grow up.

The specific something that made me think of this paradox is the scriptural references to God appearing as a “pillar of fire.”  Pillars are supports made of rock.  Or in ancient times, they were rock monuments.  Their point is the solidity and their structural strength.  They are immovable.  Fires are none of these things.  Fires are fleeting and shifting.

The use of pillar of fire in the scriptures reflects both sides of the paradox.  The pillar of fire that leads the children of Israel moves, but it is also a reliable support for them.

Perhaps a “pillar of fire” is suggestive of both the spiritual and physical nature that God combines into one united whole.

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