Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jesse Tree Ornaments - The Burning Bush

"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." Exodus 3:2 (KJB)
Patterns for crafting a burning bush symbol for your Jesse tree.
Color suggestion for painting
the burning bush symbol.
       Burning Bush, that in which the Lord appeared to Moses at the foot of mount Horeb. Exodus 3:2 Such was the splendor of the Divine Majesty, that its effulgence dazzled his sight, and he was unable to behold it; and in token of his humanity, submission and reverence, "Moses his his face." So did Elijah in after-times. 1 Kings 19:12. Yea, the very angels cover their faces in the presence of God. Isaiah 6:2. When the Hebrew lawgiver, just before his death, pronounced his blessing upon the chosen tribes, he called to mind this remarkable event and supplicated in behalf of the posterity of Joseph, "the good will of him that dwelt in the bush," Deuteronomy 33:16. 
       These last words of Moses seem to indicate, that there was, in this memorable transaction, something of an allegorical or mystical import, though there are different opinions as to the particular thing that it was designed to shadow forth. Some have thought that Jehovah dwelling in the bush, in a blaze of fire, and the former not being consumed by it, might possibly be intended as an emblem of godliness which was exhibited in the fullness of the times, when "the WORD, who was with God, and was God, and by whom all things were created, was made flesh, and tabernacled (to tent) among men"--the brightness of the Father's glory, and in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily. 1 John 1:1-14 and Col. 1: 15-19; ch.2:9. And this was the truth, reality, and ultimate import of the Shechinah, there can be no reasonable doubt. But others consider that the particular thing intended to be taught the Hebrews by this phenomenon, namely, the bush of thorns or briars, burning yet not consumed, was to intimate to them that God was present with them in their great affliction and tribulations, and, by his providence, so ordering matters that their afflictions did not consume them; agreeably to the words of the prophet: "In all their afflictions he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them." Isaiah 63:9 "This fire, also," says bishop Patrick, "might be intended to show that God would there meet with the Israelites and give them his law in fire and lightning, and yet not consume them." Jones.
A baker's clay sample of the burning bush ornament.

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