The Burning Bush
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:
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