Exodus 3

Exodus 3 begins with the story of the burning bush.  Moses is out pasturing the flock of his father-in-law minding his own business.  And then “The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush….yet the bush was not consumed”.  That would have caught your attention wouldn’t it?  A fire, but the bush is not being burned up.  It was like an eternal flame.  Moses decides he needs to check it out.  “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up”.  Seems like a normal response to a miraculous event, doesn’t it?

But God sees it differently.  “When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush”.  It sounds like God was testing Moses to see if he noticed.  I wonder how many times a day God does things around us we are oblivious to.  We are so consumed with our own agenda and the details of our own little bubble that we miss what He is doing around us every day.  I imagine it is far more than we realize.  So Moses stopping his tasks and seeing what was going on is a big deal.  We need to learn to do the same every day in our patch.

God calls to Moses and begins the conversation.  “Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God”.  He understands the circumstance he is in.  God goes on to tell Moses His mission: “I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians….to a land flowing with milk and honey”.  Sounds good so far – God is going to deliver His people from slavery to their own land.  But then the bomb gets dropped on Moses.  “I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”   But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh”?  He isn’t buying into this plan.

God goes on to reveal his plan.  “Go and gather the elders of Israel together….they will pay heed to what you say”.  Sounds simple enough.  This sheep herder is going to walk into the presence of the elders and tell them they are to go with him to tell Pharaoh to let them go.  Yeah, right.  But it gets worse.  God says “I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go….so I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles”.  He tells Moses that He knows Pharaoh will say no, but that is when God will get involved and take it to the next level.  Moses participation is key in setting up the miracles that God will do.

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