Summary: What can we learn from the burning bushes that God places in our path to get our attention?
The Call of Moses
Exodus chapter 3
This morning we come into the presence of God with the hope that He will speak to us and get personal with us in our lives. At least that is what you should be praying as we come together in His Word.
Each one of us is on a journey and we are at different levels and we have had different things happen to us to get us where we are at.
What you do with what has happened to you will determine your destiny.
If you learn from your mistakes and you allow God excess to your life, you ask Him to be Lord of your life, it will not be easy but it will be satisfying and it will be eternally rewarding.
You will have God’s strength and you will have God’s peace provided by a God that says for a believer He will not leave you nor forsake you.
If you learn everything the hard way, if you do not give God excess to your life, you will not have peace, because true peace comes directly from God, and you will be limited to your own strength and there will be no eternal reward.
By your own choice of not wanting God, He (God) will not force you to be with Him if you do not want too. By rejecting Him in this life, you reject Him for eternity.
I want to look into the life of Moses for a moment. We remember that he did great things for God but we seem to forget that he was human and did a lot of bonehead things that God had to deal with him about and that he had to learn from his life’s mistakes.
Exodus 2, we are introduced to the birth of Moses, at a time where Hebrew babies were not safe, a Hebrew born boy that would have died had his mother not made a sacrifice that any mother would have dread to make. To save her sons life was to send him down a river to pharaoh in the hopes that the daughter of the king would have mercy on him and raise him as her own.
It was a God thing when it happen because the birth mother was selected by the kings daughter to nurse this child and be paid for it. But at some point she let go of her son and the Egyptians now were raising Moses.
Moses had grown to be a man and we hear nothing of the birth mother and see Moses defend his Hebrew blood line by killing an Egyptian that was beating a Hebrew man. He thought that no one had seen him do it… but he was wrong.
Two Hebrew men get into a fight, Moses tries to break it up and finds that they saw him kill that Egyptian man and accused him of doing it. The secret Moses thought was safe was now exposed and Moses knew that he could no longer stay there. He left Pharaoh and that life and went to the place of Midian to escape his past.
There he befriends a girl and her family, takes special care of their flock. He is taken back to meet the father. In the culture of the day, he is given the hand of his daughter and they begin a family, have a child and he is years later the son in law with the family business.
Moses, with his wife Zipporah, their son Gershom, standing in a land that he was not born in saying… “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
Exodus chapter 2:23-
“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”
Moses has a past- not very good.
Moses was on the run from God and not yet doing what he was supposed to be doing.
Moses had un-dealt with guilt.
Moses had responsibilities to his family.
We pick up the text for this morning- Moses living his life, dealing as he can.
Exodus chapter 3:1- 3:10
Moses is In the desert, he sees a bush that will not burn up, he goes to check it out.
Moses is called by name from the burning bush.
Yeah, here I am.
Moses, must have been in shock! I think if I could paraphrase that conversation, and Moses would have been able to talk- Moses would have ended it by saying…Come again? You have got to be kidding me! You did not just put all that on me!