“Forty years later, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush in the wilderness near Mount Sinai. Enthralled by the sight, Moses approached to get a closer look and he heard the Lord’s voice: ‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Trembling with fear, Moses didn’t dare to investigate any further. The Lord continued, ‘Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have clearly seen the oppression my people have experienced in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning. I have come down to rescue them. Come! I am sending you to Egypt.’ (Acts 7:30-34, CEB)
What would you do if you saw a bush burning but not consumed by the flames?
I would probably do what Moses did which was going closer to check this out. And then you hear a voice. I love how the reading tells us, Moses heard the Lord’s voice. Like how did Moses know the Lord’s voice? Had he heard it before? I do not recall a story before this in the Bible where God speaks to Moses. Or is this simply a writer’s tool telling us it is the Lord because the Lord says, “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.“
Anyway, when the voice comes Moses stops. I admit I would probably have run like a scared person.
God has seen the oppression the people are undergoing. God knows our circumstances. God will rescue us.
As we journey these 40 days with Jesus to the cross, let us remember that God knows our struggles and is going to rescue us.
Loving People. Loving God.