The Burning Bush

Exodus 3

1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Now God does not do anything without a purpose. If we take a look at this word Bush, it comes from the Hebrew word:


From an unused root meaning to prick; a bramble: - bush.

Why is this important? and why did God pick a thorn bush

And appear out of it with a flame of fire and not consume


When Adam sinned, the torn bush became part of the

curse the thorns hadn’t existed before then. This

represents the fallen state of mankind and how God

dwelt with man in this state. God is an all-consuming fire

but yet in His multitude of grace He allows man to remain

in this state without consuming us in flames.

Symbolically unsaved man is fuel for the fire as found in

the Book of Revelations. If God approaches man in this

state we would be consumed!

The second time Moses comes back to Mount Sinai he has

brought with him all the children of Israel. This time God

comes down from heaven to the top of Mount Sinai & He

rests on top of as a Consuming Flame of Fire. He still can

not approach mankind.

God had a plan to overcome this, a solution before Adam sinned:

Deuteronomy 18:18

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow

Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them

everything I command him.

Jesus was the prophet, the final sacrifice, the Lamb of God.

He is: Akal Esh

The Consuming Fire


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