Fire burning trees. "Now the axe is laid to the root of the trees". Jesus is speaking of people and groups of people in authority, that have grown up together, that cast a shadow, but that are no longer trees of life- they get "chopped down"- made irrevelant, revealed as futile, frivolous, unfruitful- and "cast into the fire".The fire is that which is consuming the things that are consummable- wood hay and stubble, versus gold, silver and precious stone. Which again, is purifying and corrective.
Love the post, particularly above. In Deuteronomy 4, where we get the consuming fire reference, Moses also refers to Egypt as an iron smelting fire. For some, I believe the fire represents being cut off, fire being a great symbol for taking what is tall, and reducing its size, being humbled. In that sense, the fire of God that cuts one off for the destruction of the flesh is, in itself also refining because it brings about a positive result.
Yes. I was thinking about how for gold, silver - fire purifies. It separates the gold or silver from impurities and from alloys (lead, iron, tin). Alloys can blend with gold and silver. That may be useful to man but it is not useful to God.
Precious stone is formed in pressure and fire.
Five Requirements for Crystallization
It is very interesting really, how simple elements crystaize. In the kingdom- God is making crystals.
"in the beginning the earth was without form and void"
We are the ingredients
God is the temperature/fire
Life brings the pressure
Time and Space allow for the transformation.