What it means to be a Burning Bush
While safe-keeping the flock in the wilderness
He saw it: the flame of fire out of the midst of a bush
And it was burning but not consumed. *1
It was there that that he met the One who sets us on fire
It was there that he heard God reveal Himself
It was there that the mystery began.
While they were all together in one place
They saw licks of fire rest on their heads
And they began to speak: *2
It was there that they sang in manifold tongues
It was there that ecstacy and joy were a mixed drink
It was there that they uttered magnificent news.
There will come a time when each one’s work will be manifest
It will be laid bare to be seen, exposed by fire
And it will consume only what is not glorious. *3
It will be there where the burn will be
It will be there where all that is not beauty will be ashes
It will be there where all that is not God will be gone.
“He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire” *4
He alights on the heads with tongues of fire
He reveals Himself through burning bushes.
It is here that He sets a flame
It is now that He lights a fire
It is what it means to be a burning bush.
A passing comment was made about how the fire that set on the early followers of Christ (in Acts 2) was like the fire of the burning bush that Moses saw (in Exodus 3).
I contemplated what that meant – the idea that God is a revelational God – disclosing Himself through fire – everything from the burning bush to now igniting those who would be faithful witnesses to His beauty.
Let us be a burning bush