Exodus 3 – 18
The Burning Bush (3:1-6)
2 And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a thorn-bush: and he looked, and behold, the thorn-bush burned with fire, and the thorn-bush was not being consumed. v.2 The bush represents Israel, the fire is the judgment of God on Egypt; “our God is a consuming fire”. Not matter how hot the fire, it would not hurt Israel if they rested on the word of God. God is able to sustain His people in their weakness. See 2 Cor 4:7-16. In a certain way we see the whole history of Israel, as afflicted by the judgment of Gods, but preserved according to the purpose of God.
As an application – No man knoweth the Son save the Father. The person of the Son is a mystery which we cannot understand. When Moses saw the burning bush he turned aside to see it. The bush is his manhood, the fire is His deity. We cannot fathom how humanity was not consumed by deity in union as they were with the Lord Jesus. Moses is told to “put off thy shoes from off thy feet”.
6 And he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look at God. v.6 God reveals himself as the God of promise. In Luke 20:37-38 we find that God was really revealing Himself as the God of resurrection. He would preserve Israel through the furnace of Egypt. If man is to learn anything about God, it must be through revelation.
God’s Intention to Deliver Israel (3:7-12)
10 And now come, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11 And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?v.11
12 And he said, For I will be with thee; and this shall be the sign to thee that I have sent thee: when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
God’s Dispensational Name of Jehovah Revealed (3:7-15)
14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM. And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: I AM hath sent me unto you.