In the book of Numbers 11:1-3 a situation arose when the people of Israel began complaining out loud to the Lord about all the troubles they were facing living in the wilderness. The Lord became angry and the fire of the Lord began to burn among them. The burning was so awful that some people on the outskirts of the camp died. The people cried out for Moses to talk to God, and when he did the fire died down. The place was called, “ Taberah Fire” because the Lord burned among them there.
The image of the fire of God burning among the people of Israel is a terrifying site to imagine.
What does all this mean to us as Christians?
John the Baptist prophesied that the one who would come after him that he would baptize them with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, Mark 1:8 NASV)
The baptism with the Holy Spirit, and fire, is to produce a change in us also as it did the children of Israel. This fire will consume that which is in opposition to the Lord, just as the murmuring was consume from the children of Israel.
In Acts chapter two when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place, we see tongues of fire resting on the one hundred and twenty who in the upper room . Not much is said about this specific experience that took place, but I feel it relates to what took place in the wilderness with the children of Israel.
The upper room could have been called “ Taberah Fire” because the Lord burned among them there.
This Taberath fire from the Lord that burned among them produced change, and power in the lives of the believers.
We see this most evident in Peter's life, the man who had denied Jesus because of fear now began to preach one of the greatest messages in the history of the Church. Three thousand souls were saved that day and the Taberath fire continued to burn among them and spread to the Gentile world also.
This promise of a baptism of fire is for every one of us today, when some one talks about us, or our churches may they say, “God burns among them there.”
It is amazing when the Taberath fire from the Holy Spirit touches a life and in a moment the addictions are broken, in a moment they receive the grace to forgive the unforgivable, those who are tormented with fears are st free, communities are changed, nations are brought to their knees.
Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift. This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God." ( Acts 2;38-39 )
What happened that day at Pentecost can also be our experience today. “This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.” “And to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,” ( 2 Thessalonian s 1:7 )
"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.” ( Daniel 7:9 )
Hebrews 12:29 says, “For our God is a consuming fire.” Prayer
Father God you are a consuming fire among your people, you are Jehovah Taberah Fire, The Lord who burns among us and consumes all that is unholy in us, and burns up all those things that bind us up. We are under a baptism of fire by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Father not only consume the unholy things in our lives, but help us to allow that fire in us to consume those around us, releasing them from all that binds them also. Thank you for this awesome work of love you have done, are doing, and will do in our hearts and lives. In the name of Jesus amen