"And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but
the bush was not consumed."
Moses was doing a humdrum job in the desert. Does that ring a bell with you? Does life feel mundane, average? Even the most significant job can sometimes be like that. Moses saw a bush which appeared to be burning yet not burning up. He didn’t think, It’s probably a trick of the light and carry on. He went over to investigate. He “turned aside” as the KJV says, and had an amazing encounter with God. Moses was made the architect of one of history’s most momentous events: the Exodus, the liberation of God’s people and the foretaste of the Greater Exodus which Jesus wrought on the Cross. God even told Moses His Name, which defies human definition, a name meaning that God is ever-present and always there for His people.
All this was because Moses “turned aside” one typical, mundane day. The burning bush was not just another inexplicable, trivial thing. Moses wanted to learn. The “behold” in our passage reminds us that God is near indeed, revealing Himself significantly in the insignificant places of life.
GOD IS IN THE ORDINARY. POET FRANCIS THOMSON ("THE HOUND OF HEAVEN") WROTE OF SEEING THE LORD WALKING THE COMMON LONDON PLACES AS WELL AS GALILEE.
Bible In A Year
- 2 Chronicles 19-20
- Psalm 17
- Matthew 24