Thursday, September 13, 2012

Man’s Curiosity and the Supernatural -- Exodus 3:3


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

This very short passage describes one of the closest encounters between a human being and the God of the universe in the Old Testament.  It also lends itself to a great application for our lives.  God’s presence in the ‘burning bush’ appeared to Moses as a blaze, a flame that he initially did not identify as the living God.  It was the supernatural phenomenon of the bush not being consumed by the flame that sparked Moses curiosity and caused him to look more closely at it.  In verse two, earlier in the chapter, Moses had already seen the flame and noted that the bush was not burning.  But here in verse three, his curiosity causes him to look more closely and intently at the spectacle.  He even calls it a “marvelous sight”.

Here’s the application.  When something out of the ordinary occurs in our lives, something that we didn’t expect, something that we are either pleasantly surprised by or in awe of – do we even notice it as being something ‘special’ in our life?  Or are we too busy or too over-stimulated by the world that we miss it completely or take it for granted?

If it does by chance cause us to wonder at its presence, do we stop long enough, and are we interested enough, to further examine its possible source and/or to investigate its properties and purpose?

Moses did just that and he became a different person following that experience.  It is my prayer for us all, that we live life in such a way that we can notice the unusual, pursue our understanding of it, and find (as we see later in the chapter) what Moses found.

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