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 the bush was not consumed.
Exodus 3:3 – And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Hello readers, new blog today, and going back in Moses’ life to the story of the burning bush. Moses was a child that his parents refused to kill, after all he was born in a time where the male babies were getting chucked into the Nile river. There are many things to learn from that in and of itself. Many children are lost in the Nile river of education, parents send them off at young ages to essentially be brought up in a governmental institution where they are taught in the ways of Egypt, they are lost in the Nile river, never to be recovered. The Nile river of humanism, philosophy, theology, religions of this world… whatever it may be, children taken at a young age and their parents, instead of like Moses’ parents, they surrender them at the order of Pharaoh (who is a picture of Satan, the god of this world). You won’t have a godly next generation if you cast your children into the Nile river of this world’s system, ways, means, beliefs, deeds.
But to fast forward (otherwise this blog would take forever to get to the point today!) Moses grew up in Egypt, but it came to his heart to visit his people. Moses always had a heart for his people, and their God, the Lord God. Moses’ tried doing something for his people in his own strength, he ended up killing a man, and he ended up on the run, fleeing Egypt, and for forty years he was a shepherd in the land of Midian. And at the end of forty years he was out in the desert and he saw a burning bush in the desert. It was a great sight to see a bush on fire, yet not consumed. There are obviously so many things we can learn from the burning bush saga, but today I want to talk about “no burnt out”.
In the book of Psalms, chapter 1, we read of a man whose “leaf shall not wither”. The only way we can make it through this life is if we get saved and thus have Christ in us. That is the only way we endure to the end, that is the only way we make it like Pilgrim made it to the celestial city. It’s a simple lesson, but a vital one, and seeing this bush is what started Moses’ ministry. He never stopped caring for his people, but he couldn’t do a thing about it in his own strength, he couldn’t deliver anyone, he was useless. He was trained up in the ways of the Egyptians, but that was all useless to him. He was mighty in word and power the Bible says, but yet he ended up on the run, powerless to deliver the people. It would take him becoming a nobody shepherd in the desert where God would bring him to a point where he would call him and empower to go and deliver the people of God.
We can try as much as we want to live godly, or live worthy of heaven, or to fulfill God’s calling in our lives… yet never have arrived at any burning bush. The burning bush is the point at which we realize a few things about God. We realize that unless God is in it, it will burn out. We realize that just like that was an ordinary bush in a desert place, we are nothing special, but it is God in us that makes us special. We realize that we can only catch fire for God and be a burning and a shining light… if God is in us. Because God was in us… Moses could not believe what he saw. But instead of just looking at the burning bush, being like oh wow that’s interesting, and passing by… Moses stopped and turned aside. Until an unbeliever stops and turns aside to believe in Jesus Christ, rather than just hearing and moving forward in life without having ever taken ownership of truth for him/herself… they can’t be saved, and they can’t be used by God.
We see so much “burn out” today. People are burnt out. They are burnt out on sex. On alcohol. On drugs. On study. On life. People burn out in Christianity. People turn over new leaves. People try harder. People do better. But they burn out. And with Jesus Christ we will burn out. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. And neither is there service apart from Jesus Christ. What begun with Christ continues with Christ and in Christ and finishes because of Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith. God gave Abraham a great promise, which Abraham tried fulfilling, but Abraham”s efforts and what arose from his efforts (Ishmael) were rejected. Look at how many Christians (or so they said) burn out. So many people who “tried” Christianity. But the problem is they never came to the burning bush.
They never came to the cross of Jesus Christ… which the burning bush is a picture of. God’s wrath consumed Jesus Christ on our behalf, yet he rose from the dead, yet sin had no hold on him, yet he has the keys of death and hell. We don’t burn out… because he didn’t burn out, and never will burn out. Coming up to the Christmas time of year and this verse… a great Old Testament prophecy of the coming of Christ… Micah 5:2 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. That sounds to me like someone that has never burnt out and never will. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus said in Revelation, I am the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending… he is the root and offspring of David, he is the bright and morning star.
This was a meeting in the desert. It may take you being taken to the desert for God to finally get your attention, to strip you of you, so that we will finally realize the truths about who God is. God revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush. Moses learnt that God is the I AM. Moses learnt that God is Holy. Why did Moses turn aside? He had been raised by godly parents who had taught him about the Lord… unlike the others who were chucking their babies into the Nile to be drowned… his parents put him in the river in an ark. For parents, their responsibility is to make sure their kids are in the ark of Jesus Christ, and that is done by telling them God’s word, raising them with the truth… which will never leave them, even as life’s journey goes. But it was quite a sight to Moses, seeing a bush on fire, yet not burning. He knew he couldn’t deliver the people of God himself, he had tried and failed, he knew he was inadequate, a miserable failure, as we all are. He made that clear to God with his excuses… but God had provided for him in every way. God has us all covered. He knows what we need, which might not be necessarily what we want, or how we think it should be, but he is God and we are not.
You will burn out on religion. You will burn out on do betterism. You will burn out on anything that is not Jesus Christ. Your life will burn if you are not saved, that’s what hell is… God is a consuming fire. Jesus took the fiery wrath of God in our place, but without him, there will be noone to step in your place and take a punishment which you can’t abide. Salvation starts with Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ sees it through. We never get independent of him… though we often do as we go along in life. Ok God I’ll take it from here type mentality. But it’ll burn out. We can start in the Spirit, but then we try living it in the flesh. But we can’t make it in our flesh, our flesh is weak, fearful, defeated, sinful, fallen. At the burning bush Moses saw God, he saw and realized truths that would enable him to go to Egypt as God’s messenger and lead his people out of Egypt. God doesn’t want us in Egypt. This world is fallen and it is in darkness. Satan is a harsh ruler, look at how he treated his own people, and how poorly he treated the Israelites, heaping up the burdens and afflictions… you can be Pharaoh’s slave or the Lord’s freeman. Which sounds better?
If you try it all yourself you will burn out, be it salvation, trying to go to heaven, trying to live better, trying to do better, trying to serve God. God must be in our life, in the midst of it, and because of that, and only then, we will not burn out. We live in a world of burn out, burnt out lives, burnt out Christianity, burnt out men and women… hopefully in the desert, in the wilderness of life, you can finally come to the cross of Jesus Christ, and find the one in whom we will never burn out. Jesus told the woman at the well that the water he would give her … well she’d never thirst again. Eternal life is a good deal. Forgiveness of sin is a good deal. A risen Saviour who is God is a good deal. It’s hard to do justice to this part of the Bible, like any part of the Bible, but it’s a simple thing we can take from this story, it was such a sight that Moses turned aside… and only then did God call unto him and speak to him. God wants to see if you will turn aside to the one who will never burn out on you, and through who you will never burn out. If you are saved you will never burn out in hell, and your life will never burn out while you abide in Jesus Christ here on earth. But when we stray from God’s precious Son, we do burn out, we are defeated, we are more like that Moses on the run, a failure, fearful… than we are the Moses that came to second time and stood before Pharaoh. It was God in him, that gave him the ability to stand before Pharaoh. And because of the Lord God, Moses did not burn out. Who God is and what God does lasts, it stands the test of time, nothing moreso than his word… which even when heaven and earth pass away, his word shall not pass away. Believe his word, it is the burning bush beckoning you to the Lord Jesus Christ today.
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