Have you a had a burning bush experience? For, me there has been several times, like Moses, i tried to understand something that was happening and I knew that it was God. Unlike Moses, God did not have a conversation with me. But i knew that what happened was from God. I was on post guarding the General’s building in Iraq and I was reading Matthew 5. After I was done I ask God, “send someone to me to talk to about this”. Literally seconds after i said the last word I saw my Sgt exit the guard shack like a quarter of mile way. He headed my direction. When he got were I was, “He ask what are you ready?” I said the Bible , then he said “can you show me what you read?” Wow!!! I was thinking okay God, I know you did this. This is one of other times when I knew that God was real and he hears my prayers…Moses knew that God existed and definitely after this experience his life would not be the same.
The Burning Bush
3 Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the [a]west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of [b]a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. 3 So Moses said, “[c]I must turn aside now and see this [d]marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8 So I have come down to deliver them from the [e]power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. 9 Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
The Mission of Moses
10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall [f]worship God at this mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “[g]I AM WHO [h]I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘[i]I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord, 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, and this is My memorial-name [j]to all generations. 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “[k]I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 So I said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 They will [l]pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go, except [m]under compulsion. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go. 21 I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. 22 But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.”
First thing that I noticed was that Moses was a shepherd for 40 years. At first the Egyptian schools were his training grounds but now God’s creation was his school. Here he learned many things like patience and humbleness. Numbers 12:3 says that Moses was the most meek man ever. See yesterday we learned that God had a plan for Moses but Moses took into his own hands. I want you to read Hebrews 11:23-27. As he was in the wilderness he learned many things, one in verse 26 of Hebrews, he learned to esteem the reproach of Christ. I have been told that if a kid that is suffering from an attention deficiency take the child into nature and their attention would improve.
Who is this Angel of the Lord, apparently this being either represent God or is God himself. Watch, read over again this chapter looking for that small detail and it seems that the Angel of the Lord is God. If that is true, How is that possible? If you remember this is not the first time that we read this. The same Angel appeared to Abraham (Gen 22:11-12;Gen 22:15-18) He also appeared to Hagar (Gen 16:13) Jacob (Gen 31:11) Balaam (Numbers 22:21-35; 23:4,5) Judges (Judges 2:1) Gideon (Judges 6:14). The term angel of the Lord appears 68 times in the Bible. Sometimes it refers to Gabriel but as an angel not the angel of the Lord. Do a Bible Study on this…see what you come up with.
Verse fourteen is intense it immediately reminds me of Jesus in the book of John. John 8:58 Jesus says that He was before Abraham, He says “I am”. WOW!!!!!! Jesus called Himself God. No wonder the Pharisees tried to stone Him. Is it possible that Jesus is talking to Moses here?
Lastly, God was preparing Moses for a mission. He already had a plan for him. In fact as you review it. It is very detailed. You see God knows everything before it happens. He already has plan to do anything.
It is the same for me and you. God has plan for me and you. Wont you be like Moses and carry out God’s plan for you.
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