I will be with you. [6], In the narrative, an angel of the Lord is described as appearing in a bush,[7] and God is subsequently described as calling out from it to Moses, who had been grazing Jethro's flocks there. But the burning bush experience of an expanded awareness of the inner Presence only comes when the individual is inwardly receptive and this happens in the solitude of his own mind. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. [21], Alexander and Zhenia Fleisher relate the Biblical story of the burning bush to the plant Dictamnus. At the start of the sentence it says “I am come down”. His reaction to this challenging command was human. Zipporah was not a Hebrew. Location at which Moses was appointed by God to lead the Israelites into Canaan, Bogomolets O. Radomysl Castle-Museum on the Royal Road Via Regia". Moses claimed he wasn’t a good speaker so he was told that his brother Aaron would go with him. The bush itself was most likely some kind of bramble or thorn bush, and the fire burning the bush was in the form of the angel of the Lord who “appeared to him [Moses] in flames of fire” (Exodus 3:2). The Baháʼí Faith believes that the burning Bush was the voice of Baha'u'llah. He encounters the meaning of his life and learns his vocation at the Burning Bush. Exodus 3: 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And, of course, when the Spirit of God came mightily upon the infant Church, he descended upon the company of believers in the form of fire (Acts 2:3). The angel of Jehovah, the flame of fire, and the bush, are all within the consciousness of man. Resentments that must be given up through forgiveness. Since the name and nature of a person were synonymous to the Hebrew mind, this was an expanded awareness of the nature of God being revealed to Moses. Egyptians = always symbolise the part of the mind that holds us in bondage. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. The church says that we cannot find god on our own we need religion to do it ! He said the people would ask him the name of the God that sent him. When the Lord came down in a thick cloud upon the Tabernacle in the wilderness, the cloud was aflame with fire (Exodus 40:38). Further implied is the immense potential of finding God and meaning in the wilderness, within the world, at moments when we are removed from the more artificial aspects of human life. There are some similarities between Moses and Jesus. Spiritual ecology is fostering the emerging realization that what we hold as sacred is not “out” or “up” in the heavens, but right here, grounded in nature. So the name of God = I AM will never change. He lived in Midian as a shepherd for forty years. Professor Benny Shanon's controversial hypothesis speculates that the key event of the Old Testament might refer to a psychedelic experience with N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). It is the acceptance of this new vision that makes our lives take on nev meaning and purpose. This is the moment in Moses’s life when God calls him to be a prophet and the deliverer of his people from bondage in Egypt. This flame quickly extinguishes without injury to the plant. The implications here for an immanent theology are many, with the sense of the indwelling of the divine light within nature, how that light burns, illuminates, yet seemingly animates and not destroys. He was out in the wilderness when he had what might be termed a confrontation with God. This is not to say that Judaism is without flaws or excess, but it is to note that most Jewish thinking is much more fundamentally positive about the goodness of life, of this world, and of nature than are many strands of Christian theology. The church as God’s dwelling place is also a burning thornbush—the Triune God burning within and upon a redeemed humanity (Luke 12:49; Acts 2:3-4). Nor should you consider the comparison to the bush to be embarrassing, for it prefigures the God-bearing body of the Virgin.”[3]. Moses did not say, “God, I have a wife and a job, and I cannot go back to Egypt right now. By insisting on the divine maternity of Mary, the Council of Ephesus was insisting on the full humanity of her Son as well as his full divinity. The rest of the passage is saying that once we have brought our carnal mind to spirit through meditation we will never go back to serving a church or a priest as I and the father are one and there is nothing that will separate the two. He may have thought his wife would not go along with him. We now go to the verse below in the book of John: John 19: 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. You might be surprised what it will reveal. To Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob God was known as God Almighty, Elohim, the God of nature and history. In Exodus 2:16 the story of the Priest of Midian  and 7 daughters relates to the 7 chakras and the kundalini. The search for a deeper understanding and guidance would now be primary. [20] This is the first time in the Torah that Aaron is mentioned, and here he is described as being Moses's mouthpiece. [5] As well as her uncorrupted virginity, as also stated in St. Gregory’s The Life of Moses 2.21. Humanly he would have been content to be a shepherd living a fairly comfortable life in Midian. He wasn’t known as Yahweh or I AM. He would no longer be Moses the shepherd living a sedentary life. [31] Musa was commanded by God to remove his shoes and was informed of his selection as a prophet, his obligation of prayer and the Day of Judgment. Exodus 3: 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. It would be the most important thing in his life. From the above two quotes, Jews are not something we qualify as being ‘outwardly’, but is something that is ‘inward’. Our sermon ideas on The Burning Bush will help you preach a powerful message. Also Moses left no body when he ascended on Mt. The burning bush as described in Exodus 3:2 is a theophany, the appearance of God in a form that is visible to man. The Lord likewise descended upon Mary. So again the words ‘I Am’ are especially important when we are looking at spiritual realisations and our oneness with God. The following article describes the deeper meaning behind the burning bush in the book of Exodus. [13] The text derives Yahweh (יהוה‎) from the Hebrew word hayah (היה‎ [haˈja]) in the phrase ehyeh ašer ehyeh, meaning "he who is he", or "I am that I am". Our struggles with our mind are endless and so Moses leaves Egypt and enters the wilderness which is symbolic for, When we come in contact with the bush that is burning, we come into contact with. [14] Yahweh tells Moses to tell the elders of the Israelites that Yahweh would lead them into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites,[15] a region generally referred to as a whole by the term Canaan; this is described as being a land of "milk and honey". He had to put God first in his thought and in his life. 2) Water= second stage arrived at through meditation; 5) Enlightenment = as a result of the above process. There is a divine mission or purpose for everyone but not everyone is seeking to discover what it is.