BURNING BUSH

By: Ely Lagajino

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

Moses’ many years of experience as a shepherd resulted in a close relationship with God. His strong faith marks him to be the humblest man on the earth (Numbers 12:1).

In the wilderness of Midian, the Holy Spirit inspired him to write the book of Genesis.  The book became a blessing to all the peoples of the earth to understand the world’s creation.  

One day while Moses grazed his sheep near Mount Horeb, he saw a burning bush. The fire did not consume the forest though it continued burning. Then a voice called from the bush. “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am,” he said (Exodus 3:4).

As Moses approached the strange plant the voice said, “Take off your sandals,” The place you stand on is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God, for it would cause him, death. God should be approached with reverence.

Then God told Moses, “come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, and you shall lead my people out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10).

Moses was afraid to go back to Egypt, so he began to make excuses. But it was no use for God to have a solution for all his first five excuses. He appointed Aaron, his older brother, to be his spokesman, and God promised to be with them constantly; Moses accepted the assignment.

God sent Aaron to meet Moses and his family. They both headed toward Egypt, but Moses sent his family back to Midian for safety reasons. 

Moses and Aaron gathered the elders of Israel and made a press conference to proclaim to them God’s promise of deliverance.

God told Moses in advance that Pharaoh would resist. Yet they must continue their job. God would use this event to reveal His mighty power before the Egyptians and before His people (PP p.263).

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