If I continue with colors of the rainbow, orange would be the next.

Interestingly, orange is not in the Bible. I decided to see if the color “amber” is in the Bible and it is. Maybe orange is a name that came later?

Even the word “amber,” which is only found in the book of Ezekiel, has a real understanding in the Bible. Here is what the ATS Bible Dictionary says:

The Hebrew word chasmil is translated by the Septuagint and Vulgate electrum, that is, amber, because the Hebrew denotes a very brilliant amber-like metal, composed of silver and gold, which was much prized in antiquity, Ezekiel 1:4,27; 8:2. Others, as Bochart, refer here to the mixture of gold and brass, of which the ancients had several kinds, some of which exhibited a high degree of luster. Something similar to this was probably also the “fine brass,” in Ezra 8:27; Revelation 1:15.

Ezekiel 1:4 I looked and saw a windy storm approaching from the north and a huge cloud with flashing fire, glowing brightly all around with the color of gleaming amber from within the fire.

With the above being said, let’s look at Ezra 8:27 twenty gold bowls weighing twenty-one pounds, and two vessels of fine burnished bronze as precious as gold.

Revelation 1:15 his feet like burnished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of rushing waters.

I would say it is safe to say that the color orange is not really discussed in the Bible, but that fire and refinement are. Whether it is “amber” or “burnished brass,“ the picture of being placed in a fiery furnace and being “transformed” is a theme.

Fire and refinement are all events we will face. We will be stuck in the fire and molded to become who HE wants us to be. If we don’t go through these situations we cannot become His “empty vessels” waiting to be filled.

I’m sure all of us have already faced refining, and with the days and times we live in, we will have more. Remember that HE is always with you and that HE is always in control. When you trust Him in the middle of the situation (like Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego did), you will come out untouched. You will actually shine brighter because you have been “refined.”

Going through the fire is not a bad thing. Keep trusting that HIS plan is the best. Keep trusting that He is with you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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