Exodus 3:1-3 (ANIV)
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible text, I have set the time in the late afternoon.
The sun (low on the right of the scene) casts light onto the right hand side of objects in this scene.
There is a warm yellow flame light highlighting objects close to the burning bush as well.
Moses. Two goats.
Moses colouring comes from previously drawn Bible Cartoons: The parting of the Red Sea.
I have devised two versions of this cartoon, this one (Fiery version) & the next (Shadow version.)
3:2 MIRACLE, Nature (2.23A)
God continues to manifest Himself in His creation. He is able to use nature to reveal His presence. God may have set the bush on fire without it being burned up. That fire would communicate God’s holiness and purity to Moses. Alternatively, God may have used the berries or reflective leaves to give the appearance of fire, to catch Moses’ attention. Working in this way the miracle would be in God’s timing and in inspiring Moses to recognise His presence. In either case, God used the burning bush to gain Moses’ attention and to lead him to lead his people out of slavery. The miracle at the bush began the miracle of the Exodus.
3:2-6 REVELATION, Events (3.21A)
The messenger from God appeared in the flames of the burning bush. The messenger appeared, but God spoke. In hot deserts it is not unusual to see burning bushes, what is unusual is to see a burning bush that is not consumed. God revealed, through his conversation with Moses, both His own nature and Moses special mission to deliver his people from slavery. God reveals Himself to people who are alert to slight changes in their daily routines. God turns the ordinary into the miraculous in order to reveal Himself and His will. God is able to redirect our lives (even in the wilderness) if, and when, we are willing to respond, and offer our gifts to His service.