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Fire on the Mountain

Last Wednesday we had incredible thunder and lightning storms roll through southern Oregon. It brought heavy rain at my place. It was one of those strange summer storms. It had been triple digits that afternoon. The rain came and it dropped to 90. I looked 10 minutes later, and it had dropped to 80. The wind was whipping the pine trees, the rain was pounding the ground, the thunder was pounding the sky and it was hot.

That next morning, I saw a few fires dotting the hillside as I approached the freeway. According to the ODF, fire crews were on-scene to approximately 50 lightning-sparked fires in Josephine and Jackson counties in just over 12 hours that next day.

The fire on the mountain that day reminded me of another fire.

A man is tending a flock of sheep. The flock belongs to his father-in-law and today is no different than any other day, well, that is until it was.

It’s not every day you see a single bush on fire, at the back of the desert. A fire that did not consume and Moses was intrigued. Picking up in verse 4…“So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…” Exodus 3:4-8 NKJV

My friend Alta is always trying to find Christ in the story, and I see Moses as a type of Christ in this story.

Those 4 verses show me a snippet of God’s plan for us. It could in fact read like this:

“And God said, I have surely seen the domination of My people on planet earth. I have heard their cries because of sin and the sorrow it brings. So, I have sent my Son to deliver them out of the hand of Satan and to bring them up, to a good and large land, a land called Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angles.” Jeanette’s version

Moses was a deliverer for his people, and it all started with a burning bush.

Jesus is our deliverer and it all started with His burning desire to save us and have a relationship with us for eternity.

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24 ESV

I want that too; don’t you?

If you wanted a bit more comparison:

The king of Egypt attempted to slay the infant Moses.

King Herod attempted to slay the infant Jesus.

Both performed signs and miracles.

Both fasted 40 days and 40 nights.

Moses served as mediator between Israel and God. Ex. 20:19-22

Jesus served as mediator between God and man 1 Tim. 2:5

Moses was helped by twelve tribal leaders and seventy men.

Jesus was helped by twelve apostles and seventy men.

Both provided food through miraculous means.

Both were teachers.

Both were prophets.

Both were lawgivers.

Both were saviors.

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