Let Me Be A Burning Bush

[This is not KJV] Exodus 3:1-4 says, “Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Moses was a man born into Egyptian bondage. At the time of his birth, Israelite children were being slaughtered by the hundreds and Moses was next in line. But his parents realized that there was something special about Moses, even though he was just an infant. His mother hid him for three months, but when she could no longer hide him, she placed him in a basket in the Nile River. He was drawn out of the Nile by Pharaoh’s own daughter and was raised in Pharaoh’s house. He grew strong, and when he came of age, he went and looked upon the hard labors of the children of Israel. There is no doubt that compassion overwhelmed his heart, and he was so struck by emotion that, in anger, he killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite and buried the Egyptian in the sand. This caused him to flee from Egypt, and he found himself in the middle of the desert wilderness in the land of Midian where he would spend the next 40 years.

During this time spent in the wilderness, I believe Moses experienced a growing compassion for the children of Israel in his heart. He must have had restless nights wondering what he could do to get the children of Israel out of their situation. He may have wrestled day and night with one idea after another—a military overthrow or political insurrection—anything that would free the children of Israel. In my heart, I have no doubt that Moses cried out to the Lord to deliver the children of Israel. Also during this time, a great cry of repentance and deliverance by the children of Israel began to emerge from the land of Egypt. When you have a man moved to compassion for a people, and a people in desperate need for deliverance, and they know it, then you have the criteria for a mighty move of God.

This is where we find ourselves in the passage above—there is a man named Moses moved to compassion, and a group of people in Israel who have been crying out to God for deliverance. I believe the burning bush that God revealed to Moses was symbolic of the fire that would consume Moses as he walked back into Egypt with one simple message to Pharaoh from the Lord: “Let my People Go!”

Young people, we need a burning bush experience. We need an encounter with the fire of God—an experience that consumes us so miraculously that we will never be the same. But we don’t just need a burning bush experience, we also need to become a burning bush. I believe there is a generation that is terrified and overburdened by sin—a generation crying out to God for deliverance. Schools that used to be a place of safety and learning are now places of indoctrination and uncontrollable violence. This summer, we need to ask God to make us a burning bush. When Moses saw this burning bush he said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight.” That is what they will say when they see us: “I want to know what you have. I want what you have!” This means we must cry out to God like never before for a fire to come out of heaven and consume us in these last days!

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/unite">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/gotc">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/iyc">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="https://jsbc.edu" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/blog?author=paris%20ragan">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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