Romans 12:20 Coals of Fire

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Verse 20 See Matthew 5:25
See John 4:7-26
"Heap coals of fire on his head." This scripture is from Proverbs 25:21.
Small boys carry coals on top of their head in potsherd... Romans 12:20. When you do good to one
who did evil, or harm to you or to one who doesn't deserve good for you, then you warm his mind and
heart by your love.
Background can be found in Proverbs 26:21 "as coals are to burning coals". To start fires in the
East, they would use a flint and stone. Maybe only one family had the flint in a village. There is a village
fire carrier. They place a leather cushion on his head and then a bowl on top. The coals of fire go in the
bowl and he carries it from house to house where each woman will take coals to start a fire. As he walks
the fire will not burn his head but rather it will just warm his head. If you do good to the enemy it will
warm his heart, renew his mind. In the East, love is symbolic of fire. Coals of fire warm a person, love
warms a person—no greater force than love.
Also in Proverbs 25. No matchboxes in the East to start the fire as we do today.
Strike stones of flint together makes spark for fire, makes coals. This family then supplies the fire to
the rest of the village because rest of village won't have these stones. Have a village fire carrier (usually
young man) who carries the fire on his head. Has empty bowl, puts coals in (it). Uses the pot of
destruction for to carry the fire. Puts this empty bowl on top of a thick cushion on top of his head and the
pot of destruction containing the coals of fire. He goes from house to house. Each person at the separate
houses takes 2, 3 coals with an instrument to start their fire. He does supply the fire to the rest of the
community. If it's a real big community, 2,3 boys carry the fire.
This fire doesn't burn the boy—it merely warms his head.
Spiritual significance: Your love is symbolic of fire. As fire warms the physical body of the person,
so your love melts your enemy's heart and mind.
Doesn't solve your problem by getting angry. Give to everyone that asks of you. The more we give
the more we get.
The flesh tells us this is not so. It will lie to you.
To walk in love will give you joy—you get what you give—in abundance.
If you give money and don't need any back—God will give back to you in other ways, liberally—
supply all your needs.
Hindu can't walk after the spirit, because he has no spirit—has only religion/philosophy. He acts on
the laws (natural) of God and receives (principles, operates them).
If you give your love (whatever) you receive 100 fold.
Give what you want to come back to you. Do God's Will.
Hindu's renew their minds—principles work for them even though they have no spirit.
Gandhi taught by his actions—he practices the Word—was an example to people not just talk.
Also Proverbs 25:22. All the proverbs in the book of Proverbs were known before they got into the
Bible. Solomon collected these from other countries—from India and other places. They were and still
are in usage by the people.
(1:24—teaching of this verse starts ?? He says he's explaining the background of this idiom then he
explains the idiom "beat around the bush" from humility and beating bush to drive animals out.)
This is before the time of flint matchboxes. Before matchboxes, one family in the village would
strike one stone against another and get a spark. This would catch in the cotton wool. He starts the fire in
his house and makes coals of fire out of the sparkle. The rest of the community doesn't have fires at all—
neither do they have stones to start their own—only one family had these. This person who starts the fire
supplies the rest of the village with fire. He's called a village fire carrier. They put a thick cushion on his
head (leather), on top of this they put an empty bowl full of clay; on top of this they put a bowl of coals of
fire. His head is protected by these. He then goes to houses. He balances the bowl on his head and
doesn't need to use his hands. When he gets to a house he'll sit at the door. Someone in the house comes
with an instrument and removes a coal or two to start their fire. This man supplies the whole village.
This fire on the man's head warms his body—warms him all over—his personality even.
Application: If you "heap coals of fire on your enemy you'll warm his heart—you'll change his
thinking. Do good unto him even though he doesn't deserve it. Warm enemies with your love. Fire is a
symbol of love. Melt his heart with the warmth of your love. Read I Corinthians 13. Love never fails
you. All may fail—but love shall stand. It won't burn him up, it will warm him.
Carry coals in potsherd; mind is warmed when do good to those who harm you—your love will
warm his mind and heart—win him back.
Verse 28 Heap coals of fire on his head. This means his head is warmed up, which means his mind is
warm. So when you do good to a man who did you harm and played a dirty trick on you, then you warm
his mind and heart by your love, as the "coals of fire" warm a man's head. The medium-sized pieces are
used at the well and ponds where wayfarers can dip it into the water and get a drink.