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Commentary » Exodus 3:1-Exodus 3:10 »

Moses at The Burning Bush

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After 40 years of training in the courts of Pharaoh, Moses now is near the end of another 40 years of his life as a shepherd. Leading his father-in-law Jethro’s flock, in search of grasslands, Moses approached Mount Horeb in the desert of Sinai (v. 1).

One day as he was out in the desert he saw a very strange sight. He  saw a bush on fire (v. 2). It was just an ordinary thorn bush of the desert. But instead of  burning up and turning to ashes it  just kept right on burning. Attracted by the sight, Moses went closer to see why it kept on burning and was not burned up (v. 3). As he came near to the bush something very strange happened. He heard a voice calling his name (v. 4). It was God’s voice speaking to him out of the midst of the burning bush.

God was warning him that he was on Holy ground and that he needed to take his shoes off (v. 5).

At that point Moses became afraid and hid his face (v. 6). God then told Moses how He had seen the oppression of His people and heard their cry and now He was about to deliver them and bring them back to the land of their fathers (vv 7-9). He told Moses that he was the one to go to Pharaoh and lead the children from the land (v. 10). God commissioned Moses to deliver His people from Egypt.


God still uses human instruments to do His work. There had been 80 years of preparation for Moses and now it was time to act. It may not have been 80 years but God has a work for me to do. The big question is, Am I willing to do it?

Exodus 3:1-10 (English Standard Version)

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then he said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." And he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

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