The Miracle of the Burning Bush
I started preaching through Exodus a few months ago and just recently finished three sermons on Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush. One of the major points I made over the last three weeks is that the miracle of the burning bush is not so much that a bush is on fire and not consumed, but that God reveals himself.
1.) God reveals his holiness in Exodus 3:1-10.
2.) God reveals his name in Exodus 3:11-22.
3.) God reveals his signs and says he will be with Moses’ mouth in Exodus 4:1-17.
God does all of this for Moses despite his disobedience. This is God’s grace towards Moses. Now in Jesus, God’s grace has come. In Jesus, God has revealed his holiness, his name, his signs, and his words. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s revelation in the burning bush.
Jesus is the Holy One
Mark 1:24: “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God.”
Acts 2:27: For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.
Revelation 3:7: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.”
Jesus is the name of God, and Jesus and the Father are one
John 8:58: Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
John 5:17-18: But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 10:27-30: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Jesus is the sign of God and Jesus is the mouth of God
Luke 2:12: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:34-35: And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
Matthew 12:39-40: But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
John 8:28: So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.”
John 12:49: For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment–what to say and what to speak.
John 14:10: Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.