Saturday, April 30, 2005

Link: Volcano worship in the Bible

The following link has a list of Biblical verses suggesting either a volcano deity, or as suggested in this blog, a deity that manifests on earth on the top of a holy mountain resulting in a volcanic eruption. The eruption although having a destructive nature is, in the end, generative creating new land and renewing fertility.

Exodus 19:
16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.

Exodus 20:
18 And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightenings and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, and when the people saw it they removed and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us and we will hear, but let not God speak with us, least we die.

Exodus 24:
15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount
16 And the glory of the LORD abode on mount Sinai and the cloud covered it six days, and the seventh day he called up to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

Numbers 11:
1 Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD the fire was quenched.
3 And he called the name of the place Taberah; because the fire of the LORD had burnt among them.

Deuteronomy 4:
11 "You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom.
12 "Then the LORD spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form--only a voice.
24 For the LORD our God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice that he might instruct thee; and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

Deuteronomy 5:
22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire of the cloud with a great voice, and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone and delivered them unto me
23 And it came to pass when he heard the voice out of the midst of darkness (for the mountain did burn with fire) that ye came near unto me even all the heads of your tribes and your elders
24 And ye said behold the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire, we have seen this day that God doth talk with man and he livith.
25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die.

2 Samuel 22:8
"Then the earth shook and quaked, The foundations of heaven were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry."

Psalms 18:
7 Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.
8 Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.
10 He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.
15 Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Psalms 104:32
He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Behold, the LORD lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again.

Isaiah 34:
8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch.
10 It will not be quenched night or day; Its smoke will go up forever.

Micah 1:4
The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place.

Nahum 1:5
Mountains quake because of Him And the hills dissolve; Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it.

Hebrews 12:29
For our God is a consuming fire.

Paul Kekai Manansala