Exodus chapters 3 and 4 is the story of Moses before the burning bush. At the very beginning of Moses’s encounter with God, the Lord makes this statement.
“Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5
What made the ground around the bush holy? Was there something special about the area that made it more holy than any other place?
It was the presence of the Lord.
God’s presence made the ground holy. God’s presence throughout scripture brings holiness. Similar examples occur in Genesis 28, Exodus 19 and 34 at mount Sinai, and throughout the time period of the Law with the Holy of Holies.
Now–because of the work of Christ–we have the presence of God through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” – Romans 8:11
The presence of the Lord that made the ground around the burning bush holy now dwells in us through the saving work of Jesus. Hebrews 10 tells us that we too are made holy.
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:10
I think we only grasp a fraction of the power and holiness that is inside of us through the indwelling of the Spirit. We don’t even come close to understanding what we have been graciously given. The same God that made Mount Sinai tremble and covered it in smoke and fire (Exodus 19), now dwells in us through the Holy Spirit.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:6-7