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.”
What a story! Now, do you remember why God told Moses to take off his sandals? Because, God said, “You are standing on holy ground. It was holy ground because God was there and wherever God is, surely is “holy ground.” Even today when we consider our gatherings as church and believe God’s presence with us, that is holy ground. When we consider than Christ is in us, we are His temple, we are holy ground. Is God here today? If it is not a burning bush, but a speaking book, can He get our attention?
It looked like God was late as generations have passed while the Israelites were in Egypt and currently as slaves. But God said: “I heard their cry for freedom and I came down to free them through you”. It was a cry before a reply. God didn’t answer those crying, but he acted by sending his chosen broken vessel. His chosen man, didn’t believe that was capable to be God’s special task force, but God believed in him and empowered him for the mission. Above all, God told Moses that He would be with him confirming his declarations and judgments. Moses, like us had a faith progress, more he obeyed, more he say God fulfilling His part, more his trust was consolidated in the Lord. God is with you and as he frees you, he calls you to free others from the same darkness you were enslaved in the past. Think about that today!
Let’s pray: Lord God, Father, just as You spoke to Moses long ago, speak to our hearts today and tomorrow as we gather in the church service. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.