God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood.
But some thought to mimic this ...
Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative?
This is a difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness as God does. A couple of passages from the Gospel of Mark may suffice for illustration:
Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ...
I find this phenomenon fascinating—so much so that I once made a couple videos about it. The phenomenon is discussed here, and my conclusions from it here.
Discerning the relationship among the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) is known as the Synoptic Problem—at the bottom of the post I’ve shared links to several of the major views, as discussed on ...
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling grips the ungodly:
“Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?”
15He who walks righteously
and speaks with sincerity,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears against murderous plots
and shuts his eyes tightly against ...
This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor.
We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct quote from Isa 66:24. The passage immediately preceding this verse is about the New Heavens and the New Earth. Note the following elements
The LORD will come ...
I think there's an allusion.
You must take in consideration Mark 14:52 and Amos 2:16 in their context.
And what can we read in Mark 14 ?
From Mark 14:
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests
to betray Jesus to them.
11 They were delighted to hear this and
promised to give him money (ἀργύριον δοῦναι)
42 Rise! Let us go! Here
Great question! This made me scratch my head too.
Let me share my personal understanding, if you keep reading, you'll see what happened next in a later verse:
Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day,
that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath
(for that Sabbath was a high day),
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, ...