Thursday of the Week of the Transfiguration

Today's Reading: Exodus 3:1-14

Daily Lectionary: Job 6:1-13; John 3:1-21

And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Moses sees a mystery: a bush is burning but is not consumed. He sees the same mystery later face to face when He stands on the mountain with Jesus. There is God in all His glory, and yet His flesh is not consumed. The burning bush is a picture of God and man together in the person of Jesus Christ.

Why does the Lord appear in the burning bush? To tell Moses that He is going to set His people free from their slavery in Egypt. Why does the Son of God appear in the flesh? To set His people free from sin and death. At the burning bush, the Lord ordains Moses to lead His people to the Promised Land. By His birth in the flesh, the Lord leads us from this valley of death to the Promised Land of eternal life.

How can you come into contact with God and live? That's the mystery! And it happens every time you eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ! How can Jesus, who is God Himself, be in the flesh and still live and abide in you by this Holy Sacrament? It's a mystery, but it means salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life.

The Old Testament always points us to Jesus. The burning bush and the call of Moses are reminders that everything God is doing for His people is for the purpose of bringing about their rescue and salvation--not just from Egypt, but from all sin, death, devil, and hell. In that burning bush, there is also the picture of God coming to us, in the flesh, but the flesh is not consumed. In that bush, we see God and man in Christ, taking us out of slavery and into eternal life. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

God has spoken by Christ Jesus, Christ, the everlasting Son, Brightness of the Father's glory, With the Father ever one; Spoken by the Word Incarnate, God of God, before time was; Light of Light, to earth descending, He reveals our God to us. (God Has Spoken by His Prophets, LSB 583:2)

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