Behold, all ye that kindle a fire
To enlighten and warm yourselves; who, rejecting Christ the Light of the world, and despising the glorious light of his Gospel, and loving darkness rather than light, set up the light of nature and reason as the rule of faith and practice; or the traditions and doctrines of men to be guided by; or their own righteousness for their justification before God, and acceptance with him: that compass yourselves about with sparks,
that fly out of the fire kindled, or are struck out of a flint, which have little light and no heat, and are soon out; which may denote the short lived pleasures and comforts which are had from the creature, or from anything of a man's own: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled;
an ironical expression, bidding them take all the comfort and satisfaction they could in their own works and doings, and get all the light and heat they could from thence: this shall ye have of mine hand;
which you may depend upon receiving from me, for rejecting me and my righteousness, and trusting in your own: ye shall lie down in sorrow;
instead of being justified hereby, and having peace with God, and entering into heaven, ye shall be pressed down with sore distress, die in your sins, and enter into an everlasting state of condemnation and death; see ( Mark 16:16 ) . This was the case and state of the Jews, ( Romans 9:31 Romans 9:32 ) ( 10:3 ) ( John 8:24 ) ( John 3:19 John 3:20 ) . This is one of the passages the Jews F7 say is repeated by the company of angels, which meet a wicked man at death.
F7 T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 104. 1.