The Burning Bush Part – 2

Exodus 3:1 —– Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Moses, who was a prince in Egypt, is now tending the sheep of his father-in-law. Is it easy to go from the grandeur of the palace to the hard work of cleaning and caring for sheep? Would any of us care to be in the place of Moses, who spent forty years serving? And Moses does this for forty years without grumbling. He seeks God during this time and God speaks to Moses.

Exodus 3:2-3 —- And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

The day started out like any other. After forty years of sheep tending Moses’ life had become all too predictable. He knew all the grazing places and had the exact location of every water hole within many miles etched in his mind.

Looking for richer pasture, Moses led his father-in-law’s flock to the west or back side of the wilderness, to Mt. Horeb. In the distance, something caught the keen eye of Moses and snapped him out of his thoughts. Something was burning in the distance. A more careful look proved it to be a bush. But as time passed the bush seemed unaffected by the flames. It burned, but did not burn up. Since there was no real hurry and the sight of the bush had aroused Moses’ curiosity, he set out to have a closer look.

When God shows us things do we go and seek them out?

When I went to a retreat, I saw the priests healing and preaching and I wanted to do the same. I saw a burning bush – I had never seen this in my life. I made a desire to seek it.

When we read the Bible and we want to know more and more, we spend all our energy seeking out the truth. Now we will surely get was it is in the burning bush.
Exodus3:4 —– So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”

At first, the burning bush was but a curiosity, something novel to which Moses was drawn. Now, the bush (or rather, God, who was manifested in the flames encompassing the bush) was an object of fear and reverence. This occurred when God twice called Moses by name, to which he answered, “Here I am.”

When we are in Church, are we there because we want to hear the choir or because we are hungry for the Word of God? God knows where our focus is. If we are looking for Him, He will call us and we will hear that call. To hear God’s voice we must belong to God.

We hear His voice when we spend time in Bible study and quiet contemplation of His Word. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives. Employees at a bank are trained to recognize counterfeits by studying genuine money so closely that it is easy to spot a fake. We should be so familiar with God’s Word that when someone speaks error to us, it is clear that it is not of God.


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