Burning Bush

Moses and the Burning Bush, panel on the West ...
Moses and the Burning Bush, panel on the West wall of the Dura Europos Synagogue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Burning Bush is a an Old Testament story in which an angel of the Lord is said to have appeared to Moses within a “burning bush.”

The fire doesn’t consume the bush, and when the supernatural being speaks, its voice is likened to God’s.

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. 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. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am” (Exodus 3:1-4 NIV)

Another reference to the burning bush is made in Deuteronomy 33:16 where God is described as “him who dwelt in the burning bush” (NIV).

Just what really happened here, if anything, is a matter of much theological debate. Does God as the Holy Spirit speak to Moses? Or was it some other angel (messenger) of God?

Some take this story literally, others see it as myth and another group sees it as a combination of fact and fiction. From the standpoint of depth psychology, or, if you will, psychology and religion, the burning bush story has been taken as an illustration of the purification process, both on personal and social levels. That is, many suffer privately and collectively but the true in spirit soldier on, fulfilling their earthly destiny and, after death, attaining their heavenly home.

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