Fire also appeared when God made a covenant with Abraham: “And when the sun set there was darkness, and behold a smoking furnace and a torch of fire that was passing between these pieces (of the animals split up by Abraham)” (Genesis 14:17). This covenant is actually a harbinger of the Sinai covenant both in this detail of fire and in God’s words to Abram “I am the Lord who took you out of Ur of the Chaldeans” (Genesis 15:7). These words reverberate with the first line of the Decalogue “I, the Lord your God, who took you out of the Land of Egypt, the house of bondage…” (Genesis 15:7; Exodus 20:2).