The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
] Or "cutteth with flames of fire" F5; that is, the thunder breaks through the clouds with flames of fire, or lightning, as that is sometimes called, ( Psalms 105:32 ) ; and with which it cleaves asunder trees and masts of ships, cuts and hews them down, and divides them into a thousand shivers. Some refer this, in the figurative and mystical sense, to the giving of the law on Mount Sinai F6, on which the Lord descended in fire, and from his right hand went a fiery law; but rather this may be applied to the cloven or divided tongues of fire which sat upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, as an emblem of the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit bestowed on them; though it seems best of all, as before, to understand this of the voice of Christ in the Gospel, which cuts and hews down all the goodliness of men, and lays them to the ground, ( Hosea 6:5 ) ; and is of a dividing nature, and lays open all the secrets of the heart, ( Hebrews 4:12 ) ; and, through the corruption or human nature, is the occasion of dividing one friend from another, ( Luke 12:51 Luke 12:52 ) ; and like flames of fire it has both light and heat in it; it is the means of enlightening men's eyes to see their sad estate, and their need of Christ, and salvation by him; and of warming their souls with its refreshing truths and promises, and of inflaming their love to God and Christ, and of setting their affections on things above, and of causing their hearts to burn within them.
F5 (va twbhl bux) "caedit cum flammis ignis", Cocceius, Gejerus.
F6 Jarchi in loc.