December 2, 2020
Exodus 3:1-6

3 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.

Exodus 3:1-6 by Noah Mitchell

I, Noah Mitchell, need to know how to listen because God wants to tell us things that he knows to be true. He wants to give us purpose and channel our passion for good works into places where it is needed the most.

In the passage from Genesis 3:1-6, Moses comes across an angel of the lord coming to him as a burning bush near the mountain of God. Captivated by the sight, he decided to investigate because despite the bush being on fire, it did not burn up. When God saw Moses coming close to the bush he greeted him, and commanded not to come any closer. This, the Lord said, was holy ground and that he is the God of all to which Moses grew nervous.

This is a verse that is referenced a lot and is usually taken just at face value. Moses finds God’s burning not-burning bush and is commanded to take off his shoes because it is declared to be holy ground. More importantly later in the passage, God tells Moses to free the Israelites from their slavery under Pharoah in Egypt. However, I see God revealing toMoses something he had within him all along. The burning bush was a spectacle, sure, but that was merely to alert Moses of God’s presence. In this life we are faced with great adversities and sometimes, like Moses, we are passionate and know something needs to be done, but don’t know how to do it. God is here to reveal what is already inside of us and to guide our actions with love, wisdom, and sincerity.

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