Who might I be?

When God raises the curtain our senses get challenged.  Current fantasy trends allow people to whitewash the tombs of their evil desires with extreme possibility thinking.  One quasi-pastor has people saying that they are whatever scripture says they are, mostly the healed, the tycoon, the king, the prophet, the priest, the judge, the warrior.  It is rare for a person to jump into a story as anyone beside the hero.  Like the idiot 45th president of the United States most people see no value in any discomfort or adversity.  45 could look at the late John McCain and say that he prefers heroes who were not captured.  The only way for scripture to make sense to us or be useful is for us to enter the story,  The encounter of Moses at the burning bush contains several entities: the angel, the Lord, the bush, the fire  and Moses. Who might I be?

“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.”

Exodus 3:2, NASB

This I gotta see

“So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”

Exodus 3:3, NASB

Moses felt compelled to investigate the sight.  It filled him with wonder, and there is no indication that he drew a lesson from the sight.  The conversation that ensued contains references to the Hebrew people suffering in Egypt, Moses’ mission to Egypt, and encounters with Pharaoh. But there is no explanation of the meaning of the burning bush.  The reader of Moses’account has to provide the elements of meaning. While Moses ends up leading the people out of Egypt he does not get to enter the promised land.  Still noone chooses to be Pharoah, the Egyptians or the oppressed people, and few people actually dare to want to be the Lord’s servant Moses.

Who I gotta be

We put a lot of distance between ourselves and the avowed hero of all the biblical narratives.  God, who is despised, rejected, betrayed and associated with useless idols, goes to great lengths to maintain relations with the people who are the agents of his varied interventions. People do not want to be like God.  Even Christians increasingly can be found denouncing the lifestyle of  Christ. Holiness like God’s, merciful and without sin, homeless like Yeshua, providing rain and sunshine to the just and unjust, raising the dead and touching lepers, are clearly not popular priorities.