The story of the burning bush has been taught and shown on tv for years. Either it’s a TV event, a blockbuster movie or a graphic in a book that shows an image such as this above. I remember growing up myself thinking about the burning bush as describe by others seeing in my head this very image of a speaking tree on fire but not burning. This was always the big event, when people discribed or a movie showed the tree talking to Moses. Now I’m not saying this is one of those salvation wrongs or rights facts. It’s really a very quick lesson that some may know already or assume they know but didn’t think about it. But this imagine and consideration of a talking tree isn’t what is described in the Bible.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (Exodus 3:1-3)
Key verse here is that the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames. You see? The Angel was who was in flames, the bush only appeared to be in flames because the Angel who was in flames was in the midst of the tree. So this again explains that it was never God’s Angel using a tree to speak to Moses ( as tradition has tried to teach us in the past)but merely God’s Angel speaking to Moses from the midst of the tree. Yes Moses was interested in why fire didn’t burn the tree but the tree isn’t the focus nor anything special no more than someone speaking to you inside a foggy room or from outside. You don’t focus on the fog and say wow the fog is speaking. God nor his Angel took a form of a tree nor did either of them temporarily possess a tree to speak to Moses. There is a difference. Now when you read this you might have already thought that you knew it. But if you stop and think to yourself how many times this is taught or shown as a tree actually speaking to Moses and not an Angel in the midst of the tree speaking to him you would be shocked. The little stuff, even if you don’t realize it ,do matter, and it can help avoid turning true events in scripture into pagan linked stories or false religions. There are plenty of false religions that believe in trees as gods. In fact you probably already have one of these god trees up right now in your living room or waiting to be put up this month as you celebrate the winter solstice we falsely call Christ birthday. Pagans took that same tree and hung silver and gold over it as a way of worship. And to this day Christians do the same thing thinking they are honoring God’s Son but in reality all they are doing is the exact thing God tells them to stay away from, their(The Pagans) false ways and traditions(Jeremiah 10:4)