The Burning Bush

Exodus 3:2
Behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

It is one of the odd things in life that we call this the passage of the burning bush, when the passage tells us quite distinctly that the bush did not burn! We always get things just slightly upside down. The bush was not burning: it was God who was the flame of fire. Now what does that tell us about God? Because this is what God is saying to Moses. He is saying, ‘I am the living God, living in the most absolute sense.’ Did you ever meet a fire that did not need fuel to feed upon? Here is the undying flame that needs no fuel. Here is the living God. And look! He has come down as the gracious living God to indwell the most ordinary humdrum thing, and make it effulgent with His own radiance. The undying flame of God in a meagre desert bush.

Secondly, the revelation of God as the Holy One. This is the first time that God is called ‘holy’ in the Bible. ‘Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy.’ Where God is, holiness is. In v 6, He reveals Himself as the faithful God: ‘I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ – the God who continues patiently, faithfully, with His people. And fourth, He is a caring and delivering God [vv 7-8].

It begins with the revelation of God, the living God coming down into the ordinary; the holy God, yet presencing Himself with sinners; the faithful God pledging Himself to His people; the caring and delivering God committing Himself to action. And that God opens Moses’ eyes to the need and opens Moses’ ears to a call. – J. Alec Motyer: The God Who is Sufficient, 1974
– Daily Thoughts From Keswick

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