They would probably have thought of God as more transcendent (distant, removed, uninvolved in the world), rather than imminent (directly concerned with and involved in the affairs of men). Unfortunately, those who reject the provision which God has made in the person of Christ, and who trust in their own righteousness, will suffer the eternal fires of Hell. In the distance, something caught the keen eye of Moses and snapped him out of his thoughts. Whether or not it was a person by the name of Moses, the tale of the Burning Bush is certainly a testimonial of somebody's experience. He had determined that he was an Israelite, and thus could not be known any longer as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (cf. But God promises him … by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1985), (Old Testament), p. 112. Pointing out their hypocrisy and error regarding their rejection of the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus said, “Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? Here he saw a bush on fire, but it wasn’t burning up! The burning bush of Exodus 3 was one of those life-altering events which happens but a few times in a person’s life. 3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. by Tony Nester. On the human level, we know only the opposite. While Moses was sent by “I AM,” Jesus was “I AM.” Thus, those who believe in the I AM need have no fear of death, for the blessings of God are as certain beyond the grave as they are before it—indeed, more so. In other words, this scene with the revelation of the divine name to Moses at the sneh /burning bush foreshadows the giving of the law to the Israelite community on Mount Sinai—which was also accompanied by a great fire that did not consume (see Exod 19:18 ). 4:6-7) But the sign which is promised in verse 12 will only be given after Moses acts on what God has already revealed. At the time the Law is given on Mt. 3:1-3); (2) the rod which became a serpent (4:2-4); and (3) the leprous hand (Exod. Something was burning in the distance. God’s first words to Moses were, “Moses, Moses” (v. 4). However, since the Lord is present, the bush is not consumed. Points of Interest God used a burning bush to get Moses' attention. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1980), p. 70. In His revelation of deliverance He displays the glory of His majesty, the blessed truth that He alone is the I AM.” Young, p. 23. This also failed to accomplish the goal of annihilating the Israelites as a race. The bush was Israel in the flame of Egypt. Theologians speak of God as self-existent. BUSH, BURNING. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. Hence, the address, ‘Moses, Moses.’” Young, p. 11. Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. …Yet in its day the Mosaic revelation, while a fulfilment of patriarchal promises, was as new and shattering to Israel as the coming of the Messiah was later to prove to be.” Cole, p. 66. It ends with the beginnings of Moses’ reticence and resistance toward the task which God has given him. But suppose I do go. Verses 16-22 contain specific instructions concerning the task which God has for Moses, along with God’s brief summary of what is going to take place in the rescue of the nation Israel from their bondage in Egypt. The fires of affliction are an outworking of God’s wrath on sin; they purify the people of God and prepare them for God’s blessings. While tending to a flock of his father-in-law’s sheep, Moses came upon a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. A thornbush was on fire, but it was not burning up! So, I thought, I have to go up and get a closer look to see why the fire isn’t burning up the bush. But, God often surprises us! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Young in “The Call of Moses,” Westminster Theological Journal, p. 130, and fn. ‘I will go closer and get a better look.’ When he did, a voice came from the bush, saying: ‘Do not come any closer. Yet, Moses didn't avoid it or run away; instead, he approached the bush to get a closer look. Burning Bush Bible - Color it ONLINE! This is a conclusion based upon some of Hyatt’s liberal presuppositions concerning the authorship of the Pentateuch—namely that Moses was not the author. God is eternal and unchanging. Had it been merely the glistening of the berries of a bush in the sun or the campfire of the shepherds, or anything of similar nature, Moses could hardly have considered it a ‘a great sight.’ It is noteworthy also that the only reason for Moses’ turning aside is that he is moved by curiosity. Learn about obeying God and His promises. Bible verses about Burning Bush. 5:3-5; James 1:3). The “fire” is, on the one hand, the affliction imposed by the cruelty of foreign nations. ), thinking that the past was over and that life had settled into a routine. Exodus 3:2 - 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 … As the “I AM” we never need to agonize about the completion of what God has promised. This account of the call of Moses has many similarities to accounts of the call of several later OT prophets, and may have provided the model for them.” J. P. Hyatt, Exodus (Grand Rapids: Wm. Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. The Bible teaches us that God has an affinity with fire. … Simplest of all, does it mean that God exists, as opposed to idols without being? And neither will she be burned when she passes through the fire. The relationship between God’s holiness and the exodus may not be immediately evident. I doubt that Moses stooped to loosen his sandals. Cf. Gradually we will mount the 1376 messages I had on SermonAudio on my own site. 20:7). Horeb is located: “… in fact, we do not know where ‘God’s mountain’ … was. The burning bush was no meaningless miracle, merely intended to get Moses’ attention—in and of itself, it was a parable full of meaning, which meditation on the event and on God’s words would make clear, and on which later prophets would expand and expound. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) is a deciduous shrub native to Asia that has become popular for landscapes in North America.The dense, multi-stemmed, rounded shrub gets its common name from its brilliant red fall foliage.The shrub is best planted in the fall or spring and adds about a … MOSES had come all the way to the mountain of Hoʹreb to find grass for his sheep. In the solitude of the wilderness, Moses perhaps talked to himself and even to his sheep. What could well have been the death of Moses became his deliverance, as he was rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter and eventually taken into the palace to be raised as her son. 60 “Martin Noth claims that it is a favorite explanation of exegetes that the burning bush is a manifestation similar to St. Elmo’s fire. by Ed van der Mass (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1982), p. 51. 70 Both the two-fold call by name and the response are reminiscent of God’s call to Abraham (Gen. 22:11) and Jacob (Gen. 46:2). 65 “It is said that once a year the sunlight penetrates through a chink in the rocks on the summit of Jebel ed-Deir and falls upon a spot at the foot of Jebel Musa.” Ibid, p. 133, fn. The most likely answer is that Horeb and Sinai are simply two different names of the same mountain, just as Jermon and Sirion both designate Mt. 11:13-16, 39-40). For 400 years, God appeared to be distant and removed as far as the Israelites must have thought. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible and we find our lessons in the book of Exodus. Perhaps the most dramatic New Testament parallel is found in the Book of Revelation. From this statement we learn that Moses’ authority is wrapped up in the presence of God which is assured when he is obedient to God’s command. Keil appeals to Judges 9:15 to support the position that in contrast to the more noble and lofty trees the thornbush aptly represents the people of God in their humiliation. “… this [vss. The leather-skinned shepherd expected nothing out of the ordinary, though he no doubt wished for something different to break the monotony of tending sheep. But in the midst of her fires of affliction, past, present, and future, Israel has endured, not consumed by the flames, and thus is a testimony to the unchanging nature of God whose promises are sure. “I the Lord do not change. Related to the question of Jesus’ authority was His relationship to Moses. 1 and 2). Along these lines, Hyatt sees ‘I am He who is’ as a possible translation. 11:24-26). This browser does not support the video element. He chose this shepherd to lead Israel out of bondage. Exod. Moses lived in Midian for 40 years. Specifically, God has manifested Himself to Moses because He intends to manifest Himself through Moses. The story is probably familiar to many of us. He is saying that the “sign” to Moses will be when the nation which he leads out of Egypt worships God at Mt. 23:2), thus (in their distorted thinking) giving them higher authority than the Lord Jesus. Abram’s call) and that later Israel seems neither to have known, nor cared, exactly where it was. I do not think that great things have been done for God without a grasp of how great the God is whom we serve. And when Moses did, the stick became a snake. …” “During stormy weather discharges of atmospheric electricity give off a glow from the extremities of pointed objects such as ships’ masts. How can I do this? Having done this, Moses determined that he would attempt to deliver his people, which resulted in the slaying of the Egyptian. Jesus applies the truth of the “I AM” passage on two different occasions88 in the Gospels. He would have probably been amused at the explanations offered for the burning bush over the years. 3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. How can Moses and the people of Israel be assured that God will deliver them from Egyptian bondage and will lead them into the promised land? 15:29). Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Deuteronomy 3:9; Psalm 29:6).” Young, “The Call of Moses,” p. 2. An angel appeared in the flame of fire in a bush, except the bush wasn’t burning! As the “I AM,” God is not the God who was anything, in the sense that He changes. Cf. Jesus said to the Jews, “I tell you the truth, if a man keeps my word, he will never see death.” At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i... More, 1. 11:40). He exists apart from any dependence on anything or anyone. It is not a new and different God who is here made known to Moses, 73 but the God of his forefathers, the God of Israel. One day, when Moses was moving the sheep, he came to Horeb, which was the mountain of God. Moses had assumed authority which had not yet been given him. One of the applications of this text can be seen in the New Testament, disclosed by our Lord Himself. When Moses approaches the bush, the voice of God calls out to him to remove his sandals in the presence of the holy ground. Here then is the message of God to Moses and to the people of his day. It was as if the fire wasn’t doing anything to it. This God did. Chapter 3 introduces a significant change in the drama of the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt. 73 Some liberal scholars would have us believe that Moses here really came to adopt the god of his father-in-law” as his God, and thus Israel’s God as well. I can think of only two reasons. 1 Sam. Horeb (his father-in-law is now referred to as “Jethro,” which seems to mean “excellence” or “superiority”—could Moses have made him a rich man by now? The basis for Israel’s preservation is, as in Exodus 3, the character of God as the “I AM,” the God who does not change (Mal. In and of itself, this would hardly be the cause of much excitement or interest, but as time passed the bush seemed unaffected by the flames. John 6:48, 51; 8:58; 10:9, 11; 11:25, etc.). This began with enslavement and harsh treatment. Neither is there any suggestion of later pilgrimage to it, with the possible exception of the journey of Elijah (1 Kings 19). In our next message we shall deal with the remainder of chapter 3 and with all of chapter 4. John 1:1-17, 29-34; Phil. 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. Consequently our hopes which are founded on men are very short-lived. 1. It is now no longer lack of self-reliance (which is good), but lack of faith (which is sin).” Cole, p. 68. 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. See more ideas about burning bush, moses burning bush, moses. The bush was Israel in the flame of Egypt. Lest Moses not appreciate the involvement of God in the lives of His people, God emphasizes that He is taking a personal interest in the release of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. FreeBibleimages is a UK registered charity (1150890). It is not surprising therefore to find similar revelations of God to the prophets and people of God in both the Old and the New Testaments. We move from the silence of God over the past 400 years to God’s speaking directly to Moses from the bush, and later on, from the same mountain. And, they'll have fun doing … In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” … On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—the land of the Kenites, Kennizites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites,74 Girgashites and Jebusites” (Gen. 15:12b-16, 18-21). Isaiah 7:22, where ‘curds and honey’ are the product of an area that has reverted from tilth to pasture, because of war. DLTK's Bible Crafts for Kids Moses and the Burning Bush Craft. He got married and had children. You are badly mistaken!” (Mark 12:26-27). 3; Titus 1). Eventually they concede to partially obey, “casting Moses into the Nile” in a woven ark. The symbolic meaning of the burning bush has been emphasized in Christianity, especially among participants in the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. 78 “The phrase ‘I will be’ (Heb. Malachi’s consolation for Israel is that while God’s purifying “fire” may appear to be consuming them, this will not be the case. MOSES was likely HIGH when he stumbled across the Burning Bush which, in the voice of God, told him to save the Israelites from the slavery of the Egyptians, it has been claimed. Then, I read the story in our classroom children’s bible. Thus, we find Moses commissioned by God to return to Egypt, to confront Pharaoh, and to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.76. After this Moses has no right to protest further. The God in the burning bush is the God of Moses’ forefathers, the God of the patriarchs, Israel’s God. Malachi’s words, undoubtedly rooted in the experience of Israel and in the revelation of God in the burning bush, serve to confirm our interpretation of the incident of the burning bush in Exodus 3. He died for our sins, but He was raised from the dead. Fire is a symbol of God’s presence when He descends on Sinai too (Ex. There the angel of the Lord appeared to … The burning flame is one of God's most frequently chosen forms of presence. The phrase is a frequent and probably proverbial description in the Pentateuch of the hill country of Canaan, and is an accurate one, when Canaan is compared with the more arid country of Sinai or even with oases like Kadesh-barnea.” Cole, p. 66. We are told by none other than the author himself (remember, Moses is the author of this book) that the “angel of the Lord” (cf. I climbed up the mountain and, when I got close to the bush, I heard God talk to me out of the bush. burn'-ing. For a summary and critique of this view, consult R. Alan Cole, Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary (Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), pp. 28:20). The great tribulation in the Book of Revelation describes the intense purifying fires of God which will be required to turn the nation Israel back to Himself. 1 Tim. God then said: ‘I have seen the suffering of my people in Egypt. Cole writes, “God answers Moses’ objection as to his own inadequacy in two ways. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. MOSES had come all the way to the mountain of Hoʹreb to find grass for his sheep. He changes not, yet He is living and can reveal Himself to His creation. Gen. 15:16; Lev. This profile provides a simple overview of the story of God speaking to Moses in the burning bush along with highlights and relevant points of interest based on the text. In both, God is revealed in His holiness and power by means of fire. John 8:52-53). Recently, I heard R. C. Sproul talk about the greatest need of America. It assures us that His purposes for us will be fulfilled. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation” (Exod. 62 “If Sinai were a volcano, one could he [Gressmann] thinks, if he were proceeding upon rationalistic grounds, seek to explain the burning bush upon the basis of volcanic phenomena, or of subterranean fire, assuming that the bush stood near escaping gases from under the ground.” Ibid. It is the character of men which is to be much of the basis for identifying church leaders (cf. This chapter is more than just the account of a life-changing incident in the life of one man; however, it is a crucial turning point in the history of the nation Israel. It is the image of Mary as the “burning bush” from Exodus 3:1–6. 1:6-7) and to prepare us for the glories which lie ahead. In the statement of God, “I AM,” we find assurance that God is not only eternal, but that because of this His relationship with men is also eternal. Exodus 3 [Full Chapter] [ Moses and the Burning Bush ] Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. This fire may have been intended for us to associate with other instances of fire in the Old Testament: “There may be a deliberate reminiscence of the Genesis story, where the angel beings that guard the tree of life have flaming swords (Gen. 3:24). 24:14). According to verse 7 He was a God sensitive and aware of the deep need of His people. At first, the burning bush was but a curiosity, something novel to which Moses was drawn. Chapter 3 then is a very significant point of transition.58 It begins with the revelation of God to Moses from the midst of the burning bush. …To ask the question, ‘Under what new title has God appeared to you?’ is equivalent to asking, ‘What new revelation have you received from God?’ Normally, in patriarchal days, any new revelation of the ancestral God will be summed up in a new title for Him (Gn. The questions in chapter 4, however, cross over the line of what is appropriate and acceptable, for they reveal a deficiency in the faith of Moses, one that exasperates God to the point where the reader begins to fear for Moses, if he were to resist God’s commission any further. 3:6). He is the God who is, the only true God.86. The second reason is that one’s name is a description of one’s character.81 If Moses’ authority is wrapped up in the God who has called and commissioned him to lead Israel out of Egypt, then he may need to be able to describe the character of this God to assure them of God’s willingness and ability to lead them into the land of blessings. Would you like to read this article in %%? 25:41, emphasis mine). ‘“JEHOVAH the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.”’ And Jehovah added: ‘This is my name forever.’. 2 (1967), pp. I believe that there are certain truths about the nature of God as the “I AM” concerning which most conservative scholars are in agreement.85 I will summarize these dimensions of the character of the God who is the “I AM.”, The “I AM” is the God who is, that is, the God who exists. 57 From Exodus 2 we might conclude that Moses had only one son (cf. While wrongly motivated, this was a question worth pondering. 7-15). ‘ehyeh) is almost certainly a play on YHWY, God’s name, explained in verses 14 and 15.” Cole, p. 68. The nation Israel, God said through the prophet Malachi, was to go through “the fire” as it were, in order to be refined. Let us listen carefully to the voice of God as He speaks to us in these verses. Edward J. Young’s articles are also very helpful as a scholarly refutation of the liberal view. Moses’ question about his authority was answered by God’s promise of His presence with Moses. These words and deeds are such that only one who in all His attributes and perfections is infinite, eternal and unchangeable can perform them. For the Christian, there is no thought more comforting than the eternality of God and His changelessness. As the writer to the Hebrews put it, God intended that those who died in faith would wait to be made perfect with us (Heb. The day started out like any other. The Burning Bush is a sign of God's eternal presence within the midst of God's chosen people, redeemed from the curse of the law, and brought into communion with God through the Messenger of … Although Moses had been raised in the very sophisticated Egyptian court, the sight of a man standing in the middle of a burning bush, with neither he nor the bush being burnt, must have been awesome. First He promises His own presence; secondly He gives Moses a sign or proof that He is with him. 21-22. Divine authority is thus inseparably linked with divine presence. The name by which God chooses to identify Himself would capture the essence of His character and being.82 God’s answer to this question (be it a concession to Moses’ doubts and fears or not) is, indeed, the basis for great assurance and hope: “I am who I am. In His historical revelations He is absolutely independent of His creation, the self-existing one, who manifests in deeds of wonder the nature of His being expressed in His Name. It should be pointed out that Hyatt is not correct in saying that the name “Yahweh” is revealed here for the first time. God called from the bush “Moses, Moses! Of old Thou didst found the earth; And the heavens are the work of Thy hands. ... We are a team of Christians creating a visual journey through the Bible as a resource for teaching all ages – available for free download by anyone, anywhere at any time. But the bush wasn’t burning up. MOSES was likely HIGH when he stumbled across the Burning Bush which, in the voice of God, told him to save the Israelites from the slavery of the Egyptians, it has been claimed. The affliction of the Israelites in Egypt was a man-imposed, but God-ordained, experience of “passing through the fire” to purify and prepare the Israelites for their deliverance and future blessings: “But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are” (Deut. A more careful look proved it to be a bush. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Burning Bush. The “passing through the waters” is an allusion to the exodus and the passing through the Red Sea. Ultimately, it is the character of God which is the basis for our faith and for our obedience. Just as the burning bush was not consumed by the “fire” of the “angel of the Lord,” so Israel will not be consumed by the fires of affliction and adversity, now or forever. 4-5. 28:18), and ends with, “Surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. Horeb is also known as Mt. If God is both eternal and unchanging, then nothing which He has purposed and promised to do can ever fail.87. But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. Gen. 16:7; 22:11; Judg. Cf. One of my favorite attempts to articulate this mystery is based on a passage of the Old Testament. It has been observed that the “great commission” of the New Testament is strikingly similar to the commission of Moses in our text. Little did he know that today would be the beginning of a new chapter in his life. Now, the bush (or rather, God, who was manifested in the flames encompassing the bush) was an object of fear and reverence. ... Review: Last week we started our Bible study on Moses. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 … We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. The bush itself was most likely some kind of bramble or thorn bush, and the fire burning the bush was in the form of the angel of the Lord who “appeared to him [Moses] in flames of fire” (Exodus 3:2). Exodus 3:1-17. Here are some of the ones I have come across in my study: (1) “St. Thanks to Linda for sharing her craft idea with us! These Moses and the Burning Bush Bible activities highlight this fascinating event! Moses is not seeking a revelation, nor does he have any intention of drawing near to a ‘holy place’ in the hope of meeting God. Young, “The Call of Moses,” Westminster Theological Journal, XXIX, No. The story begins as Moses is shepherding his father-in-law Jethro's sheep in the land of Midian, he is witness to a burning bush on Mount Horeb. God’s answer seeks to refocus Moses’ attention from looking at the sendee (Moses) to the Sendor (God). What a blessed hope there is for those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the “I AM” God, who came that we might live through Him. Some of the richest revelation concerning the character of God is found in verses 11-15, where God responds to two questions raised by Moses.77 In essence, these questions can be summarized: (1) “Who am I?” (v. 11), and (2) “Who are You?” (v. 13). The mountain was volcanic, and its smoke and flames expressed the wrath of the desert god, Yahweh, whose presence was indicated by the smoke of the volcano.” Young, p. 9. 1. He therefore read the vowels of adonay ‘my Lord,’ with the consonants of YHWH, so producing the hybrid ‘Jehovah’ in English. Moses was amazed that the bush had not burned up, even though it was engulfed in flames. The God who is exists not only really, and independently, but also unchangeably. ‘I will go closer and get a better look.’ When he did, a voice came from the bush, saying: ‘Do not come any closer. One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. The God of the burning bush is the covenant-making, covenant-keeping God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. From BibleSeries.tv. God is not promising Moses a permanent and private worship retreat on Mt. It develops with the commissioning of Moses to go back to Egypt and the Pharaoh and to deliver God’s people from their oppression and bondage. Great is Thy faithfulness,O God my Father,There is no shadow of turning with Thee;Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be. The practical application of what has taken place in this case is evident. Burning Bush. Join me in #365GIFT — and become a brokenhearted hallelujah, a GIFT to the world, every day for a year, living broken and given, one intentional act of brokenhearted compassion at a time. ).59 Little did he know that here he was going to come face to face with God. 4:27; 18:5; 24 66 “Such a revelation, however, may well have been mediated through a visionary experience. The Search Of The Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12), Christmas Searches: Expository Sermons For Christmas, 3. Moses at the Burning Bush … 13 Then Moses asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ What should I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. The God of the burning bush is a compassionate God. Their confidence is well placed in the God whose nature and character is that of the “I AM” in Exodus 3. Games, Crafts, Activities, songs, lesson, worksheets and more. The above link also has the directions for the burning bush visual you see in the next 2 photos. Through the burning of the holy divine fire, the once cursed and redeemed thornbush is transformed to be God’s dwelling place. 13-15, 62, or John J. Davis, Moses and the Gods of Egypt (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1971), pp. Removing the sandals is a sign of reverence to God, whose presence sanctifies the place of His appearance to Moses.” Young, p. 14. But Moses said: ‘I am nobody. How often we have put our trust in a political candidate, only to find that he changes once he has been elected. ... Review: Last week we started our Bible study on Moses. Was it within the Sinai Peninsula? Instead, my own website The Burning Bush will now house all my sermons. When our Lord applied the “I AM” teaching of Exodus 3, I believe He did so in light of the reference to the “burning bush” in Deuteronomy: This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death. Sinai, God’s holiness is the basis for Israel’s conduct, which the Law prescribed. In addition, the blessings here are pronounced on Joseph, who has long since died. Moses and the Burning Bush preschool Bible lesson. Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow (James 1:17). Moses is grazing his family flocks near Mount Horeb when he catches sight of a bush that is blazing with fire but is not consumed. 68 Davis, p. 62. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. Third, Moses led his flock to the west side of the wilderness to get there: “… Hebrew ‘ahar,’ ‘back, behind.’ This must be ‘west’ from the Midianite point of view, and therefore it may be a Midianite term. … So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing75 with milk and honey …” (Exod. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. Meanwhile Moses must go forward in faith: this is typical of the whole biblical approach to signs.” Cole, p. 68. Download story: Moses and the Burning Bush. As of 30th May, 2017, I have requested that SermonAudio close my account. Sponsored links. The promises of God are therefore certain, because God will never die. God’s eternality and our immortality are therefore intertwined truths. The parents of this child hide him for three months, refusing to obey Pharaoh’s order. Moses and the Burning Bush. In Exodus 2 the point of verse 22 is to inform us of the mind of Moses at this time, as reflected in the naming of his firstborn, not to inform us as to how many children Moses had.  |  So, I thought, I have to go up and get a closer look to see why the fire isn’t burning up the bush. Aug 23, 2020 - Explore Diana Bennett's board "Moses and the Burning Bush" on Pinterest. Such explanations as we have seen above are not only unacceptable, they are also unnecessary. 84 “Davies rightly points out that since this is the only place in the Old Testament where there is any explanation of the meaning of the name YHWH, we ought therefore to take very seriously the association with ‘being’ which is clearly stated here. Moses is shepherding sheep in the desert. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 77 As I understand these two questions which are found in chapter 3, Moses is legitimately seeking clarification. The story summary is written for kids. This is the first time the Bible uses the word “holy” with reference to God (verse 5). ‘Throw it on the ground,’ God said. Before God reveals the “things to come” in the last days, He begins with this description of the God who is about to speak through His prophet, John: “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come …” (Rev. God knew Moses would not enter the Promised Land (Deut. The God of the burning bush is a holy God. The first question, “Who am I?,” is one that is easy to understand. When this failed, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew handmaids to kill all the Israelite boy babies at birth. For Moses, the bush burned with the flaming presence of the angel of the Lord. Exodus 13:21 speaks of God’s guiding and protecting presence as a ‘pillar of fire.’ Perhaps the basis of this symbolism lies in the purificatory, as well as the destructive, properties of fire (Duet. These “explanations” are even more incredible than that of the Bible. … The holiness of God is emphasized (v. 5). My Book of Bible Stories. This browser does not support the video element. This passage of Scripture is one that must have been well known to the Jews of Jesus’ day. Verses 14 and 15 are two of the most crucial verses in the Old Testament, for they contain one of the central truths concerning the nature and character of God. There is a deeper spiritual truth to why this revelation came in the midst of this bush, and why we are told the bush was not consumed by the fire. See more ideas about burning bush, moses burning bush, moses. Whatever He was, He continues to be, and He will be forever. There were many “no gods” in both Egypt and Canaan, which were worshipped, but in contrast to all of these “gods” was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Although Moses had been raised in the very sophisticated Egyptian court, the sight of a man standing in the middle of a burning bush, with neither he nor the bush being burnt, must have been awesome. Jehovah then showed Moses another miracle. There came a time, however, when Moses decided to identify himself with his own people, and thus he refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. In His revelation the I AM makes Himself known to His people.” Young, pp. The fact that God is the “I AM” assures us that we “shall live with Him forever,” if we are His children by faith. This truth is frequently underscored in the Scriptures: God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? In this lesson we must limit our study to the first half of chapter 3. In many ways, the incident of the burning bush is critical to our understanding of God. It will be the success of Moses’ mission that will show beyond contradiction that God was indeed with him and had sent him. 33:20; Judg. Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if a man keeps your word, he will never taste death. An occasional viper or wild beast offered the only excitement. Through Him, men can be delivered from the wrath of God on sinners. It is noteworthy that, as in the exile in Babylon, this most striking event of Israel’s faith took place on foreign soil (cf. 59 Several things may need to be said concerning Mt. It is the basis for the call of Moses to return to Egypt as Israel’s deliverer. See more ideas about Bible activities, Burning bush, Moses. Of what help would He be in this very present time of trouble? The issue, of course, is “who is Jesus?” Jesus is greater than Abraham, as is evident by the fact that He is the “I AM”: “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58). 69-70. On this assurance Moses can stake his life and base his ministry and service. … Or does it mean ‘I will only be understood by My own subsequent acts and words of revelation’? Verses 4-15 contain a description of the God of the burning bush. 2 Cor. 69 The angel did not appear in the fire as much as it did as the fire: “We can read ‘in flames of fire,’ as do most English versions, but ‘as flames of fire’ is better. Let us believe it. Just as the nation Israel will for one final time “pass through the fire of tribulation,” they can be consoled and comforted in the assurance that, this time as well, they will not be consumed by the fire, for their God does not change. There is no evidence that they shared common historical traditions, in the way that Israel’s tribes did: nor indeed have we evidence to show that they even lived in distinct and separate areas.” Cole, p. 67. After the lesson, we head back to our tables to create our own burning bush. 32:48-52).” John Hannah, “Exodus,” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, ed. The “I AM” is the God who exists independently and unchangeably. He is simply engaged in his ordinary daily business when God approaches him. Our eternal hope is wrapped up in the eternality of God. Moses and the Burning Bush. Who can stand when he appears? Public projects are no different. "This activity will help them remember both the story of God speaking to Moses from the bush and the memory verse used. There is no new plan, but simply the outworking of the old plan, revealed to Abraham in Genesis 15: “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. “Moses recognizes that what he sees is a ‘great sight,’ and hence something out of the ordinary. He will make known to Moses and to the children of Israel what kind of God He is by means of the deeds which He will perform in their midst and by means of the words which He will speak unto them. We shall next turn our attention to those Old and New Testament texts which refer to this incident and guide us in its interpretation. Specifically, God has manifested Himself to Moses because He intends to manifest Himself through Moses. 3:2, Holy Bible Recovery Version What He is in general comforts His people through its application to the specific situation (Israel’s oppression) and the special relationship (covenant) that already existed between Him and Israel’s ancestors, and now (‘I am’) will also exist between Him and the descendants ‘from generation to generation.’” Gispen, p. 55. He died, and so did the prophets. That has taken place and I no longer mount sermons there. …So I will come near to you for judgment. It burned, but did not burn up. Elmo’s fire.” This is a discharge of electricity which causes a kind of glow.60, (2) “… firebrands or reflexes of light, which must often have occurred in dry lands with an abundance of storms.”61, (4) A myth, based on ancient accounts of burning objects which were not consumed.63, (5) “… a flake of gypsum blown against a twig may have set a bush alight.”64, (6) A beam of sunlight, piercing through a crack in the mountain.65, (8) A gas plant, which burst into flames.67, (9) The brilliant blossoms of mistletoe twigs.68. ‘This is strange,’ Moses thought. God’s eternality is not only the basis for our faith in God’s promises being fulfilled (in the lives of those who are alive at the time), but also is our assurance that we will personally experience those blessings. I encourage you to compare these two chapters more thoroughly in your own study. He is the God who made a covenant with Abraham and reiterated it to Isaac and Jacob. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament), however, does use the plural, which Stephen also employs in Acts 7:32. 7-12] was, in fact, a self-revelation of God to Moses. also the words of our Lord in John 4:21-24. Many of us are waiting for God to give us a sign before we are willing to step out in faith. The watershed of this Gospel seems to be the “I AM” statement of our Lord in chapter 8. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; Like clothing Thou wilt change them, and they will be changed. Sponsored links. 19:18; 32:10).” Cole, p. 64. Such signs always follow faith. God’s blessings of the Israelites caused the Egyptians to fear them and to attempt to insure their control over them. 76 “Interestingly while God promised the people two things (deliverance from Egypt and entrance into a new land), He commissioned Moses to accomplish only the first. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead” (Isa. When asked, “What is the greatest need of non-Christian Americans?,” he answered, “To know what God is like.” When asked, “What is the greatest need of American Christians?,” his answer was the same, “To know what God is like.” The attributes of God are simply a description of what God is like. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2.