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Fire in the Old Testament often signifies the presence and power of God. Moses first encounters God in the burning bush in Midian, after fleeing from Egypt. Once Moses convinces Pharaoh to set his people free, a cloud leads the people through the desert in the day while a pillar of fire is their beacon at night. Later, when Moses calls the people to obey, he describes God as "a devouring fire, a jealous God" (Deuteronomy 4.24). Elijah, in his contest with the priests of Baal, calls upon God who sends down fire on his sacrifice of a young bull, consuming not only the bull, but also the wood, the stones, the dust from the altar and even the water with which Elijah had doused his sacrifice.
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Jesus' disciples really did not get it. After three years of walking with him and having become witnesses to the resurrection, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1.6). Jesus turns the tables on them when he responds, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (1.8). Then, he ascended into heaven, a cloud hiding him from their view.