Moses and the Burning Bush
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b]will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt in to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Well grab your Bible app and coffee there are lots of lessons again as we continue Moses story. When God has a plan for you … you can be sure it’s going to be full of surprises. So when you join God on His mission … he will always provide and lead the way to fulfill His promises and reach His goal. Nick said this morning God doesn’t beat around the bush!”
For 40 years Moses lived a somewhat quiet life until that day when he saw the angel in the middle of the burning bush. Apparently these type of bushes would burst into Flames randomly and be consumed, but this fire was different. This bush was not being consumed so as he drew closer, than God called out to him by name. Moses! You see God has to get our attention first and then He will speak to us. Of course we’re not all going to have a burning bush moment but God‘s revelation to us can sometimes be a tugging at your heart, A gentle nudge, subtle push yeah sometimes he’s going to shove you right there in the midst of it. Even when you don’t think you belong there. Even when you feel unworthy like Moses.
An Experiencing God moment. You see God is working all around us and when he’s about to do something he will come and let his servants know what it is he’s about to do. Then we have to decide are you going to join Him in this mission? Or are you going to walk away? God will never ask you to do something alone. He will give you direction, He will give you strength and courage, He will give you wisdom and He will be there right beside you. God‘s revelation is your invitation to join him. All you have to do is show up. Pray and watch where God leads you because God always finishes what he has started.
Five points to ponder:
1) God speaks and reveals himself in different ways.
Tune in to God. Allow yourself to feel those tugs on your heart as he reveals himself to you.
2) We worship a big majestic God.
He is the great ‘I am’! The term ‘I am’ relating to God appears over 300 times in the Bible. First in Genesis 15:1 (fear not Abram, I AM thy shield and they exceeding great reward) And lastly in Revelation 22:16 (I AM the root and offspring of David and the bright and morning star).
3) God is aware of our situation.
He hears your prayers. Sometimes God says you’re healed; Sometimes God says wait while he’s working and pulling you closer; And sometimes God won’t deliver you FROM the pain but he would deliver you THROUGH the pain.
4) God always keeps His promises.
There are so many of Gods promises in the Bible, in fact many scholars have tried to count them.
Herbert Locklear counted about 7147; Dr. Evereke Stearns found 8810! One thing is certain God always keeps His promises and calls on his servants to help him reach his goal.
Here’s just a few (well 365) of God‘s promises you can read one a day!
5) God always seeks to mature us.
There are so many lessons in the waiting. We have to remember that God is good, He is sovereign and he wants to bring something out of the pain and situation that we’re in.
Tune in to God today!
Allow your heart to feel those tugs as He reveals himself to you.
Know that He is the great ‘I am’.
Remember as you walk alongside God and allow him to guide you … He will do amazing things through you!
Show up and experience Our mighty God!
Are you going to show up today?
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