Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy New Year

Right after sunset today is the beginning of the new Hebrew (and Jewish) year. As it is stated in Exodus 12:2

2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
‎2 ‏הַחֹ֧דֶשׁ הַזֶּ֛ה לָכֶ֖ם רֹ֣אשׁ חֳדָשִׁ֑ים רִאשׁ֥וֹן הוּא֙ לָכֶ֔ם לְחָדְשֵׁ֖י הַשָּׁנָֽה׃
This makes the 1st of Abib (which literally means "tender") is the first day of the New Year. This month is also a special month as this is the month of remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 34:18).

This day is also an astronomically significant event as it is always corresponds with Spring Equinox (+/- several days). And of'course, today is the day of the New Moon.

Also, as it is stated in Numbers 10:10, on the first day of each month the two Silver Trumpets were to be blown and today is no exception:

Not only this day is the beginning of the New Year, but it is also a reminder to the upcoming holiday of Passover, which is from this day 14 days apart. This post explains all of the holidays.

Thus, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Consuming Fire

The Glory of God that appeared to the Children of Israel over mountain Sinai (Exodus 24:17), as well as over The Tabernacle (Numbers 9:16) was that of the appearance of the so-called "consuming" fire. Like so:

I would like to provide an explanation to the meaning of this term ("consuming") as this is rather very interesting detail of the description of the Tabernacle. Fortunately, this subject is a rather easy matter and should be understandable to any person who knows basics of chemistry. 

The following image and excerpt is from this and this Wikipedia article. Here is what is says:
"Different flame types of a Bunsen burner depend on oxygen supply. On the left a rich fuel with no premixed oxygen produces a yellow sooty diffusion flame; on the right a lean fully oxygen premixed flame produces no soot and the flame color is produced by molecular radicals, especially CH and C2 band emission. The purple color is an artifact of the photographic process"
Obviously, the fire our description is talking about is the one on the left (#1 on the diagram), as most materials (such as wood, charcoals, fat, e.t.c) would have a lower burning temperature and involve other factors that would be more consistent with the red-yellowish diffusion flame and appearance. Perhaps the most accurate representation of the fire we are talking about is this image:

As you can see, due to plethora of fuel (in this case wood) and yet a considerable but indirect supply of oxygen, the resulting flame has red-yellowish color and has this rather menacing appearance with respective tongues of flames and sound.

This is why I also show the Pillar of Fire over the Tabernacle (in my Tabernacle Explorer) in a similar manner, like so:

The only thing, perhaps, that I may need to correct is to remove this bluish spot at the bottom of the Pillar as this is not very accurate to the description (circled in red). I will correct it in my next release of Tabernacle Explorer.

Other than that, the my images above reflect a rather accurate representation of the so-called "consuming" fire (and the Pillar of Fire over the Tabernacle). And I hope now you also understand why the original text insists on using the term "consuming" to define this fire.

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