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Moses Meets God at the Burning Bush

Based on Exodus 3

Moses was taking care of a flock of sheep.  There the angel of the Lord appeared to him from inside a burning bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire. But it didn’t burn up. So, Moses thought, “I’ll go over and see this strange sight. Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

The Lord saw that Moses had gone over to look. So, God spoke to him from inside the bush. He called out, “Moses! Moses!”

“Here I am,” Moses said.

The Lord said, “I have seen how my people are suffering in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers. I am concerned about their suffering. I have come down to save them from the Egyptians. I will bring them up out of that land. I will bring them into a good land.   Now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh. I want you to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. They are my people.”

But Moses spoke to God. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” he said. “Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

God said, “I will be with you. I will give you a sign. It will prove that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship me on this mountain.”

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel. Suppose I say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ And suppose they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. Here is what you must say to the Israelites. Tell them, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”

 

What does this mean for me?

God loves people and doesn’t want to see them hurting. God wanted to set the Israelites free from slavery. He wants to set us free from slavery to sin!

Read this Bible Verse from Romans 6:17, 18

You used to be slaves of sin. But thank God that with your whole heart you obeyed the teachings you were given! You have been set free from sin. You have become slaves to right living.

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