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Saturday, February 14, 2015

REFLECTIONS ON THE BOOK OF EXODUS BY CYNTHIA ABEGAIL


Meanwhile Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.  Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There an angel of the Lord appeared to him in fire flaming out of a bush.  As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire was not consumed.  So Moses decided, "I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned.  When the Lord saw him coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses!  Moses!"  He answered, "Here I am."  God said, "Come no nearer!"  Remove the sandals from your feet for the place where you stand is holy ground.  "I am the God of your father, he continued, "the God of Abraham, the God of  Isaac, the God of Jacob."  Moses his face for he was afraid to look at God.  Exod 3:1-6

From sunrise to sunset, God is ever-powerful and man is supposed to worship and revere Him.  When the Lord is present, his presence makes that place holy!  In the time of the theophany, the holiness of the sacred ground in the burning bush and in the mountain itself is highlighted.

Why in a mountain?  A mountain is high---a symbolism of God's greatness and awesomeness!  Why a
burning bush?  And it's not consumed?  God is light and the brilliance emanating from the fire symbolise that God opens all the way to enlightenment for those who are lost and for those who love Him.

The continuous fire symbolise God's never-ending love for man despite of man's forgetfulness of His
enduring love and faithfulness.  The only God, "I AM WHO I AM" whose glory never change infinitely, the God who cares for us, who loves us till the end.

Moses, the great man of God hid his face and he is overwhelmed by God's glory and power.  Let us seek the Lord in great reverence and awe!  His mercy will last forever..

Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

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