Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17
It feels that the Church of Scotland had a bit of an identity crisis because it uses the burning bush as it's main logo with the strap line: and not consumed. Does anyone know why? The church has never agreed to its use but was first used way back in 1691 by George Mossman the printer of the church's acts. It might have been used then to refer to the Covenanters and Monarchy no longer being a loggerheads, or Knox suggesting that the church will survive whatever is thrown at it but the General Assembly has never agreed its use.
But that last thought of John Knox is where we come in today even as it is a very different and certainly less confident church from then.
When Moses asks God for a name while he stands at the bush in his bare feet, God says something remarkable: My name is the shape of the future. God says "I will be what I will be". It is future tense. So God can only be named by the future.
Which comes back to the church and its logo which we might be allowed to reinterpret for today. The church, the faith community is designed for the future. That is where we will know God: it is all future tense: God, the church, faith. We're not a historical thing, we are a future thing.