Tuesday, 9 December 2014

On fire, but not consumed. Advent Day 9


2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.’

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’

And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’

5 ‘Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ 6 Then he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 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 flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’

Name of Jesus: Holy One
Symbol: Burning bush

God is a consuming fire.  Why then was the bush not consumed?  Because God made the place holy and that which is holy cannot be consumed.

We are made holy by Jesus.  Unable to achieve holiness by our own effort, Jesus - the Holy One of God - made the great switch on the cross. He took our sin and died our death...but oh glorious day, in His resurrection we receive His righteousness and His life.  What a transaction of sacrifice and grace towards us who believe!  

We are filled with the light of God, through Jesus.  Do I realise the significance of this?  God's holy light, which is truly unapproachable and would consume all darkness, is within me!  If I could truly comprehend this.  I don't know whether to bow low in reverential fear or dance around like a crazy person at the joy of it.

The unusual light of the burning bush drew Moses nearer.  We are light bearers for Christ.  His fire burns in us in different ways; and we are not to hide it, but to burn brightly so that others are drawn near.  God's plan is to bring all his children into the promised land...the kingdom of heaven. Can we live out His light that others might be drawn closer to Jesus?

Come Lord Jesus!

Happy Advent!

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