Exodus 3

1. A good many years come and go for Moses; for forty years he tends to Jethro’s flock (Acts 7:30) and by this time he is eighty years of age. Coming to Mount Horeb (Sinai, actual mountain is unknown) a wondrous sight is there to behold: a bush on fire but not consumed. It is an exceedingly rare thing for a bush to be on fire and not consumed, yet Moses watches it occur. The curiosity takes him closer, only to have the Lord call out from the bush. One can only imagine the horror and fear of Moses when this occurs.

2. As Moses is called, he is commanded to remove his shoes for nothing fabricated by man is to stand between the Lord and His creation. Moses, prostrate before the Lord, hears the Lord identify Himself and His reason for appearing to him (3:6-9). More than this, the Lord calls out to Moses to join him in this mission. Moses, however, can’t believe that the Lord would call him to such a mission; he felt so unworthy. The Lord, answering Moses’ objection, tells Moses further that when he leads Israel successfully out that they will come to the mountain upon which he (Moses) was and worship the Almighty (3:10-12). Moses, however, does not even know the Lord’s name; when the children of Israel ask for the Lord’s name, what shall he say? The Lord tells him (3:13-15). Not only is Moses to go to the children of Israel, but he is also to go before the king of Egypt. In His continued reassurance to Moses, the Lord said that not only was he to go to the king, but that he and the Israelites would plunder the Egyptians (3:19-22), but this would not be before the king refused Moses’ demand.

3. Application: As Moses’ curiosity compelled him to look more intently at the bush that burned (though not consumed), Moses learned that he was standing before the Lord. On the ground upon which he stood – it was holy ground. There is a great lesson in this for us: as we “stand” before the Lord – whenever we do so – do we look upon the Lord and our presence before Him as holy ground? I am not speaking of the physical ground upon which we might be present, but our spiritual regard and reverence to Him. The Lord is not the “man upstairs,” as He is disrespectfully identified. He is the ALMIGHTY, the One to whom we must give an account. Should we not regard our presence before Him with much reverence?