Just a thought. If the LORD of the Universe has given fire, which is His approval of the house, doesn’t that mean that the LORD Himself has come down? Just a thought on my part.
“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.” 2 Chronicles 7:1 (KJB)
The Temple of King David’s heart was built by his son Solomon. It was now being read about by the returning remnant from captivity. O, how they must have longed for the glory and presence of the LORD God with them. He was. He is.
When we are in captivity; and many of us are without realizing it. To sin, to debt, to someone. Sadly there is actual slavery in the world, and our Nation today. In what has been called “Human trafficking”. The sale of boys, girls, men, and women. God loves them all and wants to deliver us from our master of sin. Shame on the culprits of humanity who would sell another human being to pad their pockets, and ruin other lives.
Fire is often the symbol of cleansing, and/or destruction; and here as the approval of God. Several times in Scripture God shows His approval by fire, or as in the case of Aaron’s two sons, His disapproval (Leviticus 10:1-2). His approval is shown when the prophet Elijah has challenged the false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18).
The Son of God who is Jesus the Christ was as a fire sent by God, born of a virgin, lived without sin among us, went to the cross and died for the sins of the world. He died, was buried, and He rose again. Fire came down. GOD came near. Hear Him.