Reflections from Exodus chapter 3

3:1:

  • Moses was an Associate Pastor
  • At the mountain of God, Moses sees Him. God’s presence is at places set apart for Him. This includes the Temple of our Bodies when we consecrate them to Him as it says in Romans.

3:2:

  • God undoes death and destruction. The bush is burning, but not consumed. God undoes the natural laws of how things in this world die. It’s hard to fathom what this must have looked like.
  • When the Lord is powerfully working in us and through us, we also burn but do not burn out.

3:3:

  • The bush was in Moses’ peripheral vision. Moses chose to look at it. He had to depart from the path he was on and the task at hand in order to encounter God.

3:4:

  • Moses’ decision to look at the bush precedes God’s calling of Moses. In other words, we have to stop, inquire, and be intrigued about the things of God before we get our calling/clarity in it. We can’t expect to hear a clear word or call of God if we’re not checking out the unusual presences of God around us. Laying down our task at hand to check things out. I WONDER WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE FOR ME?
  • God knows us by name. This meeting was planned. WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE WHEN GOD CALLS? Moses was available and present — are you?

3:5:

  • Intimacy with God and nearness to him is not accessible in the Old Testament. Because sin separates everyone from God until Jesus comes to take sin from us and restore our relationship with God.
  • Sandals and holiness – sandals are Moses’ covering. Like in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve covered their sin with clothes. We can’t be cleansed unless we are transparent and acknowledge our sin.
  • Shoes are dirty; holiness is clean. Shoes represent sin? No shoes on in the house — this is the dwelling place of the Lord? Our bodies are now the holy ground.

3:7:

  • “God of your father” – but Moses doesn’t have a father. God is talking about the father of Israel, but here God establishes Himself as Moses’s father, too. And it establishes Moses’s identity in the line of Israel’s patriarchs. He’s a Hebrew with a calling. Until now, the question of Moses’ heart must have been “Who is my father?” Biological father (Hebrew)? Pharaoh (Egyptian)? Jethro (Midianite)?

3:7-9:

  • Afflicted/Oppressed is mentioned 5 times. Israel is oppressed!
  • The Promised Land is heavily occupied.

3:10

  • God’s chosen instrument to do His will is people! Moses was a hot headed, orphaned, fugitive, felon with a speech impediment. And he was God’s chosen instrument.

3:11

  • Compare Moses’s response to Mary’s response when God tells her she’s going to give birth to Jesus.
  • Moses doesn’t mention his fugitive status or the death warrant against him in his list of excuses to God.

3:12

  • Moses focuses on himself. God redirects him back to Him and His Emmanuel-ness. He addresses fears and doubts and pride (false humility) with the promise of His presence and proof (a sign).
  • The sign God gives is after the fact!!! After Moses does all God tells Him, God will give him a sign proving that it was Him all along. What?! Obedience precedes revelation (Jn 14)

3:13:

  • Moses first concern: who am I? God responds, I’m with you (Focus on ME). Moses’ second question: Who are You? God responds, ME.
  • Moses says “your” fathers, not “our” fathers. Does he see himself as a Hebrew yet?

3:15:

  • God identifies Himself by His relation to the people we’re related to. He’s connected to us and we’re connected to each other. Oneness restored!

3:17:

  • God alerts Israel to the challenges they’ll face in the Promised Land from the beginning. And He adds an incentive at the end — milk and honey!

3:18:

  • Why does God tell Moses to tell Pharaoh 3 days worship retreat when that never was the intent and Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go anyway? Unless God was giving Pharaoh a chance to obey. If Pharaoh had said yes, maybe God would have eased him into the bigger pill to swallow, not hardened his heart, and Pharaoh wouldn’t have had to suffer the plagues and the loss of his son. But God knew Pharaoh would say no. So his heart was hardened and he suffered so much worse. Rather than this verse indicating God is deceptive, it indicates that He is compassionate and full of love. He gave Pharaoh several chances to let His people go.

3:19:

  • God knows the choices we’ll make. That’s not the same as dictating them or making them for us.

3:20:

  • Miracles can be bad!
  • Miracles bring deliverance

3:21-22:

  • God provides. He promises to make each person and the entire nation greatly wealthy overnight.
  • We gain wealth in the midst of our deliverances.