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The“Nec Tamen Consumebatur”Sculpture – Written by Chen Hui Yi

“Nec Tamen Consumebatur” (Latin): is the common motto of Reformed and Presbyterian churches all over the world. From Exodus chapter three from the Old Testament, Moses heeded the Lord’s calling to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and witnessed a strange phenomenon. A bush was on fire, but it was not consumed by the flames. The burning bush symbolizes the children of God who, although go through suffering and testing, possess God’s guidance and blessings and thus radiate His glory.
This means that as long as God’s promises it, it will be achieved. Even the most insignificant bush can present miracles. Moses said that one should not consider themselves incapable of something; it is not an excuse. This also means to inspire others by making an example of one self.

This sculpture piece was designed by an Aboriginal elder: “Vuluk”. It is mainly comprised of glass, weighting up to 700 Kg. Ten pieces of glass can be found inside and outside of it. It represents perfection.
The base is octagonal is shape; representing the eight gospels, denoting perfect blessing. Another unique thing is that from any angle, all sides appear the same. During good weather, the sun pours down from the patio, causing the statue to gleam and appear more vivid. If you photograph it, the edges of the statue may appear to be burning like real fire.

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「焚而不燬」是全世界改革宗教會和長老教會的共同標誌,源自舊約聖經《出埃及記》第三章摩西蒙上帝呼召帶領以色列人出埃及時所看見的一個異象:荊棘被火焚燒卻沒有焚燬。它象徵著上帝的子民雖然會遭遇苦難與試煉,卻有上帝的帶領與祝福,因而散發出生命的光輝。延伸出來的意思就是,只要上帝應許的,一定會成就,即使是最不受重視、最卑微的荊棘都可以顯現神蹟,摩西說自己沒有能力,就不是藉口,此外這也代表燃燒自己,照亮別人。
這座雕塑品設計者是一位原住民長老-福祿克,主要的材質是玻璃,重達700公斤,內外各10片玻璃,象徵十全十美,基座是八角型,象徵新約裡的八福,也就是完美祝福的意思。他的另一個特點是不管從哪個角度看,樣子都一模一樣,天氣好的時候,陽光從天井灑下來還會閃閃發光,他的樣子就會更加生動,若拍下照片,雕塑的邊緣看起來就像真的火在燃燒。