Has God Forgotten About Me?
Exodus 3 and 4
Open your Bibles this morning to the Old Testament, the book of Exodus, chapter 3. We are going to begin by reading the first six verses from Exodus 3, and we will be reading some verses out of chapter 4. This is a very familiar story to most of us. It is one of the great events in the history of God's working with his people.
NOW MOSES was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
I wonder if you have ever felt that maybe God has forgotten where you are. Have you ever had the feeling that perhaps God had forgotten all about you? I have a suspicion that is the way Moses must have felt. It is ironic that this chapter opens with the words and Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep in the back side of the desert. Freely translated, that is the boondocks of the desert. Oh my goodness! What happened to that young man of promise? What happened to that young man with high and lofty ambitions? What happened to that man who was so thoroughly trained and prepared for great things? Raised in Pharaoh's palace, educated in the finest of institutions, a man destined for greatness. Here he is in the back side of the desert, tend ...
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