Moses and the Burning Bush
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
K.J.V. Bible Text
While Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flocks he crossed to the far side of the wilderness to Horeb, the mountain of God. There he saw a bush burning but the bush was not being consumed by the flames.
When he went to look closer, God called to him from within the bush, calling him by name.
When Moses answered the call of God, God told him not to come closer and to take off his sandals because he was standing on Holy ground. It says in the scripture that Moses hid his face “because he was afraid to look at God.” Because we know that Moses was a fearless fighter for causes of justice, it must have been a truly awe inspiring visitation from God to have caused him fear.
The Lord told Moses that he had seen the misery of his people in Egypt and he came down to rescue them from the Egyptians and take them to a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites.
Of course, the land God told Moses about was the same land that he had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We know it was not happenstance that caused Moses to spy the burning bush. I am certain that God created that rendezvous himself. Perhaps even years earlier when Moses was set adrift by his mother upon the Nile, God had been planning to raise a powerful person, familiar with the ways of the Egyptians, in order to use him to lead the Hebrew nation out of Egypt.
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