Moses and the Burning Bush – Exodus 3
One day Moses was looking after the flock of his father-in-law, Reuel the priest of Midian, and he took the flock to the mountain of God called Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a flame of fire out of the middle of a bush, and Moses looked and the bush burned with fire, but it was not burned up. And so Moses said “I will go and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned up”.
When the LORD saw that Moses went to see, God called to him out of the middle of the bush, and said “Moses, Moses”. And Moses said “Here I am “. And God said, “Do not come near, take your shoes off, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. The LORD said, “I have seen my people in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of the way they are treated, and I know their sorrows; and I am come to bring them out from the Egyptians, and to bring them into a good and a large land flowing with milk and honey. I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people out of Egypt.” But Moses said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the people out of Egypt?” And God said “Certainly I will be with you, and when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.”
And Moses said “When I tell the people the God of their fathers has sent me, who shall I tell them you are?” And God said “I AM THAT I AM” because God has no beginning and has no end, he always is, and always has been, and always will be.
And God told Moses to go and gather the elders of Israel together, and tell them this: “The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has sent me to you.” God told Moses “Go, gather the elders of Israel together and tell them “the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob appeared to me saying, “I have seen what has happened to you in Egypt, and I will bring you out of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey.” And they will listen to you, and you and the elders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt, and you shall say to him “The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now let us go, we beg you, 3 days journey into the wilderness so we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
But God knew that the Pharaoh would not let the people go, so he said that he would smite Egypt with his wonders, and that after that the Pharaoh would let them go.
Moses was also to tell them that when the people would leave Egypt that they would not leave with nothing. God would cause the Egyptians to give the Israelites jewels of silver, gold, and clothing.
Memory Verse: Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:….”
1. What was the name of the mountain of God? Answer: Horeb
2. What did Moses see and hear there? Answer: A bush with flames in the middle, but it did not burn up, and he heard God calling him saying Moses, Moses.
3. Where did God tell Moses he was going to send him? Answer: To Egypt to bring the Israelites out.
4. Where was Moses going to bring the people? Answer: To a new land flowing with milk and honey
5. What were the people going to bring with them? Answer: Jewels of silver and gold and clothing from their neighbours.