Exodus – Chapter 3
- Exo 3:1-3 – Moses, looking after Jethro’s flock, sees the burning bush
- Exo 3:4-6 – The Lord calls Moses and reveals Himself
- Exo 3:6-10 – The Lord tells Moses that He has seen the sufferings of the children of Israel and He has come to deliver them and He is sending Moses to bring them out of Egypt
- Exo 3:11 – Moses responds, “Who am I that I should do it?”
- Exo 3:12-18 – God says, “I will go with you and you will tell them that the God of your father has sent me to bring you out of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey and they will follow you.”
- Exo 3:19-20 – Pharaoh will not let go and I will stretch my hand and strike Egypt with miracles and he will let you go.
- Exo 3:21-22 – You shall not go empty-handed but the Egyptians will give you articles of silver, gold and clothing.
It is interesting to notice that Moses’ life is divided in three periods, each one encompassing 40 years. His first forty years were spent in the court of Pharaoh. For the second forty years he was a shepherd in the desert of Midian. And in the last forty years he became God’s deliverer who guided the children of Israel to the Promised Land.
In this chapter Moses was already 80 years old when the Lord revealed Himself to him. It took that long to prepare him to hear and to respond to the call and purpose God had in his life. The revelation that Moses received was powerful and more than what this short description can convey. Let’s consider some aspects of this account.
- God takes the initiative and reaches out to Moses. For a long time, the children of Israel in Egypt had not heard from Him. No one was there who God could reveal Himself to. This event now shows that as soon as there was someone capable to hear from Him, God revealed Himself. God always loves us and wants to help us even when we are not aware of Him.
- Moses notices a burning bush (Isa 10:17) that is not consumed (1 John 1:5). A small dry desert bush would burn quickly, but this fire was not consumed. This is a strange site that catches his attention and curiosity. The Angel of the Lord here is the Eternal Word of God and later on is identified as Jehovah. This not-consumed fire has been interpreted as the presence of God that remained in the children of Israel and is now in the church even when they are in the world.
- The Lord starts to talk to Moses as soon as He had his attention and to reveal Himself (Exo 3:6, 14).
- God commissions Moses as His ambassador to both Pharaoh and the children of Israel and tells exactly what obstacles he will face.
- Moses’ insecurity and objections about this difficult mission are the result of the negative experience he had 40 years before. How was he going to succeed in the task he had failed before?
- God promises Moses that He will go with him to supernaturally enable him to accomplish his mission.
- God foretells the blessing and abundance they will receive from the Egyptians as they leave Egypt.
How does Moses’ experience apply to your life? God has a call and a mission for you, but you must pay attention to your burning bush before you can hear His words. Share how God has spoken and is speaking to you?
Prayer of Faith
Thank you Heavenly Father that you have a plan for each of us. We may be insecure and feel unworthy as we look at our limitations, but You promise to go with us with signs following as we trust and obey you. I have chosen to look at You. You are the author and perfecter of my faith.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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