God’s 4 Signs to Moses: The Burning Bush
Dear Body of Christ, we can learn a lot about this Life, that we have gained in Christ, from the Scriptures. The Old Testament is like a living painting, while the New Testament is like the description below the painting. What the New Testament says in plain words, the Old Testament says in detailed color.
With that in mind, I want to take a look at the signs that the Lord gave to Moses, when he was called. The 4 signs are the burning bush, the rod that turned into a serpent, the leprous hand, and the Nile’s water turning to blood. These signs were lessons, not only to Moses, but also to us.
Let’s start with the burning bush.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” – Exodus 2 NASB
This bush symbolizes us. In the original language, this is not only a bush, but a thorny bush. The thorns grew out of the earth as a result of Man’s fall (Genesis 3:18). Thus, this thorny bush symbolizes fallen humanity. But the thorny bush is able to contain the fire without being consumed. This is the divine Fire, God Himself.
Don’t be stumbled because it states the angel of the Lord here. This angel of the Lord is Christ. Paul was so bold to say the the rock, which followed the Israelites in the wilderness, was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Is Christ only our Follower, and not also our Leader? Surely, if Christ is the rock who followed the Israelites, He is also the angel of the Lord who led them.
Praise the Lord! Even though we are thorn bushes, we can be the Lord’s vessels. By nature, we just prick and hurt each other. But thanks to the Lord Jesus, we can be one with God. Not only are we one with God, but we are also one with each other. We all have the same Fire. This is a corporate thorny bush carrying the divine Fire. This is God’s Assembly, His House, the New Jerusalem!
At the end of Moses’ life, he even recalls this sweet sign: “And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush” (Deuteronomy 33:16).
Our dear Father, cleanse us anew in the blood of Jesus. Thank you for cleansing us of our sins and making us white as snow. We are dead in Christ, resurrected, ascended, and seated at your right hand. Thank you for clothing us with Christ as our Righteousness. Thank you for abiding in us as the divine Fire. May we abide in You always. You have made us one with You and one with each other. Lead us to experience this oneness, that the world may know that Jesus is Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
In the wilderness for God!
Just a common bush aflame!
Thus may I be, blessed Lord,
For the glory of Thy Name.
Just a common bush to be,
Something in which God can dwell,
Something thru which God can speak,
Something thru which God can tell.
All His yearning over men,
All His purposes of love,
Flaming with no light of earth,
But with glory from above:
God Himself within the bush,
Nothing seen but just the flame;
Make me that, just that, O God,
For the glory of Thy Name.