These windows tells the story of Moses’ first meeting with God, which took place on Mount Horeb. Moses was looking after his father-in-law’s sheep on the mountain when he spotted a bush that was on fire, yet was not being burned up. When he investigated further, God called to Moses from the middle of the bush.
This event proved to be life-changing for Moses and for the Israelites. It was where God gave Moses a mission – to approach Pharaoh for permission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This meeting at the burning bush was also where “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” revealed his mysterious name to Moses – Yahweh, which means “I am who I am”.
To the left we see Moses has removed his sandals as a sign of being on holy ground, as instructed by God. Interestingly, in this scene God looks suspiciously like Christ. This is because when God appeared to people in the Old Testament, it was commonly believed in Christian tradition to have actually been God the Son, rather than God the Father.
Where to find this work of art
St Mary Magdalen, Mortlake
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