Summary: "The God of the Burning Bush"
Exodus 3:1-20 "The God of the Burning Bush" 1In the burning bush God's PRE-EMINENCE was REAFFIRMED. Moses’ self confidence has been shattered. For 40 years he thought he was somebody, now in forty years he had learned he was nobody. he was now a failure.
When Moses first son was born, he named him Gersha ("driven, thrust out"). This expressed the 40 years of failure, loneliness, desperation, exhaustion, & frustration. v's 2 - 4 read
The first words, he heard from the bush were "Moses, Moses." God knew his name, address, location, and shattered dreams. God knows who you are, where you are, and what you are.
I. I SEE YOUR DILEMMA (SUFFERING), 7-9
II. I AM SENDING YOUR DELIVERANCE, 10-14
III. I AM FULFILLING MY DECLARATION (COVENANT), 15
A. I am your Fathers’ God B. I am your Faithful God
2. In the burning bush God's PRESENCE was REVEALED. v. 2 : "And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush." The burning bush was the symbol of Jehovah's Presence. 1. When God entered into covenant relationship with Abraham, His Presence was demonstrated by the lamp of fire that passed between the pieces of slain animals. 2. At Mt. Sinai in the giving of the Law God descended upon it in the form of fire. 3. The pillar which led Israel by night was a fire-cloud. 4. On the day of Pentecost flames of fire appeared and settled upon them. It was God's presence coming to indwell them in the person and power of the Holy Spirit. F. B. Meyer "It is not said that the bush was in the fire, but that the fire was in the bush; clearly, therefore we have here a picture of God's Presence in the midst of His despised and suffering people." 3. In the burning bush God's PURPOSE was REALIZED. In verses 7 and 8 read (a) God's Deliverance I. JESUS BROUGHT US OUT OF DARKNESS TO BRING US INTO LIGHT
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
II. JESUS BROUGHT US OUT OF DEATH TO BRING US INTO LIFE
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
III. JESUS BROUGHT US OUT OF THE DUNGEON INTO LIBERTY John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. IV. JESUS BROUGHT US OUT OF THE DEVIL INTO THE LORD
Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
V. JESUS BROUGHT US OUT OF DISCOURAGEMENT INTO LAUGHTER
Psalms 126:1-2 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
(b) God's Demands 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.