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  • Writer's pictureJoseph A. Bias

Two Fires

The Burning Bush And Tongues of Fire

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 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 3:1-3
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4


The Calling of God to Moses and the Calling of Jesus to the Church.


In both instances it was a call to go out in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim liberty from the bondage of slavery.  For Moses and Israel, it was the message of freedom from the bondage of slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, a slavery of toil and cruel burdens, of labor under the whip of their evil task masters. For the Church on the Day of Pentecost it was, and is today, the message of Jesus Christ our Lord, the message of freedom from slavery to sin and death, and judgment of hell and the grave.  


The fire of the presence of God in the bush that burned before Moses on Mt. Sinai came to dwell in his heart with a fiery zeal for God and His people.  


The tongues of fire that appeared on the heads of the disciples in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost was a sign and a witness of the Holy Spirit coming to abide in them and be with them. To empower them to be Christ’s witnesses to the world.


And that same Spirit and empowerment is alive in us and with us today and with every believer who will ask, believe and receive Him. We are charged to proclaim the Gospel of freedom and the release from the bondage of sin and death. 


There is no secret formula or methodology we need to have, and there is certainly no special human ability we must excel in through years of training in order to qualify for this calling.  NO!!! All we need to do Is tell our story.

HOW HAS FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST CHANGED YOUR LIFE? What are you thankful for? Only you can tell your story from the perspective of the one who lived it. On that basis alone, each of us is uniquely called and qualified to be the best witness of our Lord’s goodness and grace to the world. And there those who will only hear the message from you.  Some, because they know you and trust you, and others will believe you because they will see Christ in you.


Either way this is our most important purpose for being here.


“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19 KJV
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19, NKJV
“And he said unto them,Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”.Mark 16:15

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