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The Unconsuming Fire.

The Unconsuming Fire.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS

Exodus iii, 2.


" And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire
out of the midst of a bush, and he looked, and, behold, the
bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And
Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why
the bush is not burnt."
BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS

Exodus iii, 2.


" And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire
out of the midst of a bush, and he looked, and, behold, the
bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And
Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why
the bush is not burnt."

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THE UCOSUMIG FIRE.BY HERY ALEXADER DOUGLASExodus iii, 2." And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fireout of the midst of a bush, and he looked, and, behold, thebush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. AndMoses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, whythe bush is not burnt."WE have here a great sight. The man who sawit, a man of great sagacity, among the wisestmen who ever lived — the lawgiver and prophetMoses, — was full of wonder when his eyes beheld it,and turned aside to see " this great sight,'' — that is,this wonderful appearance, or, as some explain it,this most stupendous vision. A bush full of fire,which was something more than fire, for it was glory,continued burning. That a bush should bum wasnothing wonderful; but that a bush should heepburning, that devouring fire should not be a consumer, — ^this was strange exceedingly. And Moses thoughtit strange, and turned aside to " see this great sight,why the bush is not burnt." This also is veryevident, that, if the sight was worth a look fromsuch a man as Moses, it is worth a look from us.If all Scripture is " written for our learning," wemay rely upon it that there are few scriptures froiawhich we can learn more than from this.Digitized byCjOOQlC8ERM. v.] THE UOOKSUMIG PIKE. 53The vision here recorded^ this great sight, thid
 
most stupendous vision, is in fact the greatest sightwhich ever eyes saw, until they saw Christ. Indeed,they saw no more than this when they saw Him.When He would show the Jews His glory and revealto them all His greatness. He could only say,"Before Abraham was I AM." He had nothinggreater to reveal than this ; and this was seen here.Here, in the bush, was I AM. The fire which burntbut consumed not, the glory which illumined withdazzling brightness, and yet destroyed not, was theglory of present Godhead. The bush of Horeb wastransfigured, as Christ was afterwards transfiguredupon another mountain. A flame was in the midstof it. Its branches, and its leaves, and the thornswhich covered it were white with a light which wastransparent, because the ^' glory of God did lightenit, and the Lamb was the light thereof."So thut the sight which we have now to see is reallya revelation. God is here before us, making knownHimself; telling the Jews, and telling us, about Hisown nature ; showing Himself and yet hiding Him-self, because He shows Himself beneath the veil of afigure, under the cover of a bush which bums withnnconsuming fire. It is a sight and at the same timea revelation, a great sight and a great revelation, — the greatest and most dazzling revelation which the oldworld had, or, I might say, which the world has hadat all ; for when our Lord presented Himself to manin man's flesh. He added nothing to its brightness, butrather softened its too exceeding glory, by showingto us the great Jehovah come down to eartii, as manto live with man.The two constituent parts of the revelation are a fired3Digitized byCjOOQlC
 
54 THE UCOSUMIG FIRE. [SERM.and a bush, — a fire which kept on burning from itsown internal energy, and a bush which continuedstanding although filled with the fire.I. We will look upon the fire first and then uponthe bush.The fire was not like other fires. It was difierentfrom that element to which we give the name of fire.Fire lives by being fed, and consumes the food whichsustains it, existing by means of destruction, buildingitself upon the waste and ruin of other things. The.fire within the bush was of another character. It didnot prey upon the branches. Heud they been itsfood, it would have died out when fuel failed it ; butthe fire continued burning. It was this which struck Moses, *' The bush burned with fire, and the bushwas not consumed.'' The fire was self-fed. It wasfire celestial. It came from the throne of God. Itwas the symbol of God's presence. It was a ray fromthe eternal glory. The things of Heaven are notlike things of earth. The saints, we know, whenthere will hunger no more and thirst no more, butwill be like the angels, who need not food, and are, asit were, self-replenished and self-nurtured, because fedfrom within by that life of God with whom they areone. And this was self-existent fire ; that is, it hadnot any natural aliment ; it was sustained from with-in; it had a life above nature; it lived upon itself;it was because it must be and could not cease to be ;for it was the emblem and the sign of God.God was in the fire. When God came down toElijah, He was neither in the earthquake, nor in thewind, nor in the fire, but in " a still small voice," forthen he would reveal His love and gentleness. ButGod was in this fire, for now He would make His

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