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Burning Bush (3 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
We're studying the book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible-both the Christian and the Jewish Bible. And we've been saying that the journey of the Israelite people is, in a lot of ways, our journey. Because so many of the things that God needed to show them, He needs to show us. And just like God was taking them from where they were and leading them to where they needed to be, God is taking us-as a church, and as individual people-from where we are, and he's leading us to where we need to be. And the question always is: are we listening, and are we following?
So the first week, we talked about how miserable life was for the Israelites living in Egypt. They were abused and treated as slaves, and the law said their infant boys should be put to death. But one baby boy survived-he was born to Hebrew parents but raised in the palace of Pharaoh-and his name was Moses. So Moses grew up. But just when it looked like he might emerge as the leader of his people, he showed his impatience and immaturity by murdering an Egyptian leader. So Moses had to run for his life; and he became a fugitive in the desert of Midian. And for the next forty years God taught him patience and humility and empathy and other things that you only learn in the desert. And all of that was leading up to the moment we're going to look at today.
So…here's what happened next-Exodus chapter three: 1 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 wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 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. 3 So Moses thought, ''I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.''
4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him ...
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