“Exposing the Exodus”
The Call of God (Chapter 3 Verses 1-4)
God with the natural does supernaturally, what was guaranteed to grab the attention of Moses (v2). But it is was only as he drew near to God that he heard God speak his name. The call is both personal and important. It was God addressing Moses. It is good for us to hear the word of God. God is always speaking to us from Scripture, there are times when it needs our personal attention, as here. There are times it has an immediate application for our own situation, whether it be privately or corporately. There are times when it needs to be stored away for future reference. The true revelation of God is not the event of the burning bush, exciting as that may be, it was in the word spoken. The word of God always calls for faith, from start to finish, its demand’s faith (John 6:29). Unbelief is a frightening thing but the response of faith produces courage, hope and peace. The word of God calls for repentance and the commitment of faith. It demands choices be made, but always a response from us. The word comes to us, it is always real, urgent, tender, sweet. But it can be resisted. It needs to listened to carefully, with the right attitude (Luke 8:16; Hebrews 2:1-4).
This is a personal appearance given to Moses, it’s what’s called a theophany in theological jargon. That is, and Old Testament appearance of the Son of God. God always reveals himself in Christ, in both dispensations. It is theophanic fire, that is why the bush is not burned (v3). It is only mentioned once more (Deuteronomy 33:16). This was at a time when people were exaggerating the role of the bush, exaggeration’s lying and that’s sin (Exodus 20:16). We never help the cause of God or our own witness by making wild and preposterous claims about the work of God by his Holy Spirit. We break a further commandment in doing so (Exodus 20:7). It spoils and soils God’s lovely name. The fire is the focus here (vv2-3). Before Moses sent to fulfil his commission he must needs experience something of the ineffable glory of his God. Not only see but have something of that glory in him. In order to serve God acceptably with an eye to his glory, Moses must first gaze upon that glory (Isaiah 6:1-5; Acts 9:3). Moses, and this applies to all who would serve God, there can be no casual dealings with God (Hebrews 12:29). He is the thrice holy God, and yes he is our friend, but in a way as no other.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)