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. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Exodus 3:2-3)
In the previous devotion, I referred to the fact that Horeb is related to other Hebrew terms that speak to its purpose in our lives, specifically where the Word of God is concerned. Today I’ll continue with that theme because Horeb is also related to the word kharav which means “to cover.” It is from this word that we get a word most of us are familiar with — cherub or cherubim. Of course these were the creatures that “covered” the Presence of the Almighty as He rested upon the Ark of the Covenant.
Keep in mind that the text says that the “Angel of the LORD” appeared to Moses in the bush and later it refers to the fact that it was the LORD who spoke to him. In other words, Moses turned aside to approach the Almighty as He appeared upon Horeb in a way that would be replicated later when others would approach the Ark of the Covenant. Interestingly, the word Horeb is also related to the word karav which means to “approach” or “draw near.”
Our God is a consuming fire able to cause the hills to melt like wax, and at the same time, bring comfort, peace and restoration to all who approach Him in a reverent way. His appearance on Horeb was intended to do just that for those who were in Egyptian bondage and thus it was necessary for Moses to draw near. Likewise, He brings salvation and deliverance for all who will draw near unto Him, today. But as we do let us remember that our Father is holy and is to be approached in a respectful and humble manner. Like Moses learned, to be in the Presence of the Holy One is to be on holy ground, and so let us conduct ourselves in a way that acknowledges that He is a consuming fire.
Blessings and Shalom,