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Genesis 15:17 (a) The furnace represents Egypt, and the smoke presents the fact that Israel would be punished terribly by the Egyptians in the fire of their oppressing hatred. It describes the four hundred years of suffering which Israel experienced from the Egyptians.

Exodus 20:18 (b) The presence of GOD in this sinful world is pictured in this way. There must be the fire of GOD's cleansing judgment at Sinai when He was giving the law to a disobedient people.

Isaiah 7:4 (a) These two kings, Rezin, King of Syria, and Pekah, King of Israel, are compared to two wild beasts by our Lord. They are fierce in their anger and destructive in their ways. However, GOD makes them like two tails of the beast, utterly helpless and impotent to injure Ahaz.

Isaiah 42:3 (b) The tenderness and kindness of our blessed Lord are illustrated in this beautiful way. The flax being partly green and damp would be difficult to burn, so the Lord would not despise the effort, but would rather fan the flame and help the flax to burn well. The reed that was bruised would be trying to recover itself and be strong and well again, so He would assist it in recovery, and would not destroy it. The lesson for us is that we should encourage others in their feeble efforts to make progress and to get ahead. We should not discourage others in their ambitions by harsh criticism, and by destructive statements. (See Matthew 12:20).

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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Smoking'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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