There may be much sight-seeing and yet few enduring sights.
Peter, James, and Johnnever forgot the sight of their transfigured Christ.
Saul never forgot the sight he saw on the way to Damascus.
A saving look at Jesus is always a memorable and enduring sight” (Heb 12:2) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;”
This is a glorious sight seeing him. Moses saw this wondrous sight at the burning bush when the “God of glory appeared unto Him” (Ex.3:2), and said, “I am come down to deliver” (Ex. 3:8).
“And the bush was not consumed. This was an figure of the state of Israel in its various distresses and persecutions: it was in the fire of adversity, but was not consumed.
This was a symbol also of the state of the Church of God in the wilderness, in persecutions often, in the midst of its enemies, in the region of the shadow of death,yet not consumed.
This is also a figure of the state of every follower of Christ: cast down, but not forsaken; grievously tempted, but not destroyed; walking through the fire, but still unconsumed!
Why are all these preserved in the midst of those things which have a natural tendency to destroy them!
It is because God is in the midst of them, it was this that preserved the bush from destruction; and it was this that preserved the Israelites; and it is this, and this alone, that preserves the Church, and holds the soul of every genuine believer in the spiritual life.
He in whose heart Christ dwells not by faith, will soon be consumed by the world, the flesh, and the devil.
In the flame Moses beheld the King immortal and invisible. This is what we see in Jesus Christ, (Heb.1:3) “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
God came down to deliver, God was in Christ seeking to save the lost.
It is aglorious sight, though humbling and awesome.
This is a Transforming Sight. When Moses turned aside to see this great sight (Ex.3:3,10) it was the turning-point in his life (Ex.3:4) “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”
When the Lord saw that Moses turned aside to see the manifestations, which God of old made of Himself were always accompanied by clear, unmistakable signs that the communications were really from heaven.
This certain evidence was given to Moses. He saw a fire, but no human agent to kindle it; he heard a voice, but no human lips from which it came; he saw no living Being, but One was in the bush, in the heat of the flames, who knew him and addressed him by name. Who could this be but the great “I AM?”
The purpose and attitude of Moses life toward God were now for ever changed.
It is impossible to look upon God in Christ without being transformed. No man can see Jesus and remain the same as before.
When Saul saw Him he fell to the earth “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”
This is a Separating Sight. “Heforsook Egypt”(Heb.11: 27). Moses forsook Egypt as seeing him who is invisible, as seeing by faith the unseen God, a beautiful illustration of what is said in (Heb.11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith has eyes to see invisible things, and a heart to feel their power. It has a head to plan, a tongue to speak, and a hand to work for God.
It was after Isaiah had seen the Lord that he was made willing to cry, “Here am I, send me” (Isa. 6:8).
A sight of the glorified Christ is asoul-blinding sight, as far as the world and the pleasure of sin are concerned
This is an Inspiring Sight,“Not fearing the wrath of the king” (Heb.11:27). Moses had not yet seen God when he “fled from the face of Pharaoh” (Ex.2:15).
Seeing God saves from the fear of man.
Look at the faithful Elijah while standing before God, he was above the fear of Ahab (I.Kings 17:1). A sight of Jesus Christ saves not only from the fear of man, but also from the fear of death and of judgment.
This is an inspiring Sight “Not fearing the wrath of the king” (Heb.11:27). Moses had not yet seen God when he fled from the face of Pharaoh in (Ex.2:15). Seeing God saves from the fear of man. Elijah, while standing before God, was above the fear of Ahab (I.Kings 17:1).
A sight of Jesus Christ saves not only from the fear of man, but also from the fear of death and
This is a sustaining sight “He endured as seeing Him” (Heb.11.27). Think of how much Moses had to endure at the hands of his wife, of Pharaoh, and his unbelieving brethren.
In this life there will be much to suffer.
The secret of the Christian’s enduring strength lies in looking unto Jesus.
They looked unto Him and were lightened. By faith he forsook Egypt.
The Exodus was all an achievement of faith. It was faith that made Moses disdain the king’s wrath.
He endured, as seeing him who is invisible. The unseen God was present with him by faith and his support gave strength to endure all.
Moses was inwardly strengthened to this dignity and steadiness of conduct, as seeing him who is the great invisible Being, ever present to the eye of the believing mind, and whose presence and friendship is of such infinite importance, that he who fixes his regards on him, will never by any consideration be influenced to offend him, nor much impressed with the fear of any thing that would tempt him to do this. This is a satisfying sight,“He esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than thetreasures in Egypt” (Heb.11:26).
Paul gladly suffered the lost of all things seeing Him who is invisible.
A Christian can suffer no real loss while in touch with the unsearchable riches of Christ.
For he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. The “recompence of the reward” here referred to must mean the blessedness of heaven, for he had no earthly reward to look to.
He had no prospect of pleasure, or wealth, or honour, in his undertaking.
If he had sought these, so far as human wisdom could foresee, he would have remained at the court of Pharaoh.
Yes, it is right that we should desire the rewards and joys of heaven, and that we should allow the prospect of those rewards and joys to influence us as a motive to do our duty to God, and to sustain us in our trials.
How much value do we set upon the riches of the reproach of Christ?
This is a Spiritual Sight,“By faith he endured”(Heb. Il:27). It needs faith to see the impossible,whom having not seen ye love. Moses believed the promises of God at the bush
I am come down to deliver them, When God doth something very extraordinary, he is said to come down to do it, as Isa 64:1.
This deliverance was typical of our redemption by Christ, and in that the eternal Word did indeed come down from heaven to deliver us (II.Co. 5:19) “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,”
The promise of God must be trusted if the soul is to see Him and endure and conquer, is it not mitten, “Believe, and thou shalt see ? ”