Don’t Go Around The Bush

     Recently, a famous movie star announced her new faith, Hinduism.  Recently, a movie was released about a woman searching for fulfillment and meaning in life by going around the world.  Recently, I thought about Moses and the Burning Bush.  What does Moses have to do with the Burning Bush, the movie star and the movie?

      Moses , former Prince of Egypt, is a fugitive from Egypt, for killing an Egyptian. Elohim heard the groaning of the children of Israel, now slaves after 400 years,  remembered His covenant with Abraham, Issac and Jacob, saw the people of Israel, and acknowledged them.

    In Exodus 3 , Moses the shepherd, leads a flock to the far backside of the desert where he comes to the mountain of Elohim (Hebrew for GOD). Moses ( Moshe, drawn out of water) is seeking, traveling to a far unknown, in the Negeb or dry, parched land , usually symbolic for lack of the Word or hearing a word from GOD.

           ” And the Malach-YHWH, Angel of YHWH appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, see the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.  And Moshe said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” Many times there are wonderful things around us, but we fail to really turn to see them, like a beautiful rose or a newborn baby.  Elohim is speaking to us, but we say ‘ when he calls me, I will answer.’

          “And when YHWH saw that he turned aside to see, Elohim called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moshe, Moshe. And he said, Hinayni.(‘Here I am’).  YHWH saw that Moshe turned aside.   Turn in Hebrew is shuv, from which we get teshuvah or repentance. Moshe came to the mount, looked, repented, turned away from his former ways to the new way with YHWH.

     Is YHWH calling you up into His Mount? Will you even notice the unusual?  Will you turn and look?  Will you say, ” Here I am!” He may be calling you, so don’t go around the bush. Moshe responded to YHWH and entered a whole, new life with Him, and became a foreshadow of the Great Deliverer, Yashua Ha Moshiach, known as Jesus Christ, the Anointed One.

          “…Make teshuvah, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions…and make for yourselves a new heart and a new Ruach (Spirit): for why will you die, O Beit Yisrael ( House of Israel)? …make teshuvah …and live.” ( Ezekiel 18: 30-32)

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