Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Thorn Connection

(Stephen is speaking) Acts 7:30 And after forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning THORN bush. And when Moses saw it, be began to marvel at the sight, and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: I AM the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the Lord said to Him: Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is Holy Ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt, and have heard their groans and I have come down to deliver them, come now, and I will send you to Egypt. This Moses whom they disowned, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the THORN bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel: God shall raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.

Matthew 27:29
And after weaving a crown of THORNS, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand, and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"


jennifer said...

I think also of Abraham and Isaac and the Ram (right? or was it a lamb?) caught in the Thorn bush to be the sacrifice for his son. You are right, there is depth in the mention of thorns.

I hope that you had a Happy Resurrection Sunday!


joyce said...

Thank you, Jennifer! We were taught growing up that thorns are part of the curse. It struck me yesterday that Jesus was literally crowned with the curse. And when I looked up thorns in Quickverse word search, the highly flameable, combustible quality of thorns is used in reference that could also point to Jesus' light being extinguished in one day. I need to look that one up again.