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Chains of sparks

Isaiah 50:10b-11

….Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. Look, all you kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled- This you shall have from My hand; You shall lie down in torment.”

In the second half of Isaiah 10, God asks the question “who walks in darkness and has no light?” He then directs them, as He always does, what they should do about it. However, immediately following, He begins this iteration about fire and sparks. The word for sparks here is only translated as sparks in this verse. Everywhere else in the Word, it is translated as firebrands, chains, and fetters. This is because the word for “sparks” is #2131- “ziyqoth” in Hebrew is defined as a firebrand, a fiery arrow, and fetters. Notice that this iteration comes just after the Lord asks who has no light. The reason for this is because when we have no light, we tend to choose to make our own. How do we do this? We do it by our tongues. The word says that death and life are in the power of the tongue {Proverbs 18:21} and James 3:6 says “The tongue a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature; and is set on fire by hell."

Thus, when we are “in the dark” about the truth of something, we will begin to speak our conjectures regarding that situation that are based in human and natural understanding. Also according to James 3:15, this type of wisdom does not descend from above but is earthly, sensual, demonic and it is full of envy and self-seeking and it leads to confusion and every evil thing.

Continuing our study verse, the word for “fire” used here is #784- “esh” in Hebrew. It is a primitive word that means supernatural fire. It can mean destructive fire like lightning. Thus, we can confidently state that when we are in darkness about a certain thing and we begin to speak about it without the truth of God’s word informing our speech, then we manifest supernatural fire which binds us in fetters that we are unaware of. These fetters give us some understanding or “light” to our path in the same way a spark would light up a dark space. However, sparks do not reveal the entire content of the darkness in the same way that a lamp on a table would. Hence, if we are guided by these “sparks” because of the slight illumination they offer, we will supernaturally bind ourselves to a very limited range as if we were physically held in chains.

In conclusion, when we are faced with a situation, any situation, it is imperative that we speak only what we read in the Word regarding that situation or what the Lord has instructed us to speak over it. Jesus said in Luke 4:4 that man lives by every word of God thus indicating that if we are to stay alive and experience abundant life, then we must have the word of God. We must seek God for the correct response to the situation so that we might shed light upon it enough to see our path and not be bound in chains of slight illumination.

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