Moses and the Burning Bush

Exodus 3

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One day, Moses was tending the flock, and he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Suddenly, Moses saw a bush that is on fire but not burned.

Moses was very curious so he went nearer the bush to see what is so special about the burning bush.

God saw that Moses came nearer, and He called out, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “I am here.”

God said, “Take off your slippers because the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

God said, “I had seen how my people are oppressed in Egypt. I had chosen you to bring them up out of Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

But Moses said, “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let the people of Israel go?”

God said, “I will be with you and it will happen that you will take the people of Israel out of Egypt and come to this mountain to serve me.”

Moses said, “What if they ask me who sent me?”
God said, “You shall say to them, 'I AM WHO I AM sent me. The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob appeared to me and sent me to bring you out of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey in Canaan.'

And you shall go to Pharaoh and say, 'Let us take a three days journey to the mountains to worship God.' But I am sure Pharaoh won’t let you go, so I will bring plagues on Egypt. Finally Pharaoh will let the people of Israel go.”

Then Moses answered, “Supposed they don’t believe what I said, what I should do?”

So God said, “What is it that you are holding in your hand?”

He said, “A staff.”

God said, “Throw your staff on the ground.”

Moses threw the staff on the ground and it became a serpent. Moses ran away from the serpent.

God said, “Pick the serpent up by the tail that they may know that I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” And the serpent became Moses’ staff.

Then God said, “Put your hand in your bosom.” Moses placed his hand in his bosom and drew it out and it became all white and leprous.

God said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” Moses did and it was restored back to normal.

Moses said, “I cannot speak fluently. I am slow in speech.”

The Lord God said, “Have not me, the Lord God Almighty that made man’s mouth or make them mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Now therefore go and I will help you to speak to the people of Israel.”

But Moses said, ”Oh, Lord, please send someone else who is eloquent in speech to speak for me.”

The Lord became furious against Moses, and said, “What about your brother, Aaron? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to see you. You will tell Aaron what to say, and Aaron will speak for you. You shall take this staff and perform miraculous signs.”

So Moses went back home and tell Jethro, his father in law that he want to return to Egypt to see his brethren.

Moses mounted his wife and two children on the donkey and set out for Egypt. Moses took the staff along with him.

While Moses was on his way to Egypt, he met his brother, Aaron.

Aaron was very happy to see Moses and they hug each other.

Moses told Aaron what God had spoken to him and committed him to do. After that, Aaron follows Moses to Egypt.

When they arrive at Egypt, Moses told the people of Israel that God had sent him to deliver them out of Egypt to the Promised Land which will be overflowing with milk and honey.

Then Moses performed the miracle signs in front of them.

The people believed Moses. When they heard that God had heard their prayers and will bring them out from the hardship Pharaoh had afflicted them, they bow down and worship God.