Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: Exo 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
Notice the language here. He does not say, “The Lord sent a pillar of fire”, it says “the Lord (Himself) went before them” What does Fire do? Provides warmth, light and protection. It also is a visual to all that they are going in the right direction as they followed the fire by night and cloud by day. Fire purifies!
I took this photo with my Huawei Nova 3i in the Philippines 🇵🇭.
“And The Lord went Before Them...in a pillar of Fire”.
Again this is Jesus or God the Son Leading, providing for, protecting and comforting His Chosen People pointing towards the Ministry of the Messiah
I also see here the correlation of Jesus Baptizer of Fire and the Holy Spirit
Neh 9:19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.
Neh 9:20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.
Neh 9:21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not
Speaking of the Coming Messiah
Isa 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
Isa 4:5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Leading His People and Protecting
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Baptizer in Fire
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Our God is a Consuming Fire
Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
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