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The Burning Bush

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The hour was late, but Egypt’s wise men finally concluded their meeting about addressing the overwhelming population of the Israelites.

Knowing that there’s strength in numbers, and if the Israelites were to join forces with Egypt’s enemies, problems would be imminent, they concluded something must be done. Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed which would drastically reduce the population of the Israelites. At the time of the decree, Moses was just an infant. Jochebed, Moses’ mother, decided to hide Moses in the bullrush on the rivers edge. Not long after Jochebed left Moses floating in a makeshift cradle, Pharaoh’s daughter discovered Jochebed’s secret. Instead of killing this baby, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him as her own. For Moses, this miracle would be the first of many.

That first night, hearing an infant’s shrill cry, caused Bithia, Pharaoh’s daughter, to quickly find a nursing mother. What happened next became a miraculous God moment when Jochebed received a notification to serve as the child’s caretaker. This was not luck. This is the work of our Sovereign God.

One would think that a young boy, growing up in a beautiful palace, with hired servants, would be a dream come true. This was not the case with Moses. The Israelite children grew up knowing the difference between idol worship and true worship. Jochebed had seven years to teach Moses about the true and living God, and apparently it worked. Moses soon chose to leave the riches of Egypt and pursue a path where God could be worshipped freely. After informing Pharaoh of his decision, he parted ways with Egypt. Moses was later blessed to find a beautiful wife, and a community of Godly people. Do not think for a second that God didn’t notice Moses’ devotion. According to the book of Exodus, God decided to visit Moses and secure his participation to help bring deliverance to people of Israel. Exodus 3:1-6 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, here am I. And he said, draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou stand is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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.

Can you imagine, what it would be like to watch a bush, not only burning with fire, but also accompanied with the voice of God. And if that were not enough God called him by name. We are told that Moses hid his face, fearing to look upon God. This was truly a display of respect and reverence, and I think this would probably be the case for most of us. As I reminisce of the many miracles throughout my life, I’ve felt the same feeling that Moses felt. I have always felt so humbled and appreciative after witnessing a miracle. Throughout the Old Testament we see God perform many miracles, but we never see God use these opportunities to entertain people. Every miracle is associated with God’s authority, God’s judgment, or God’s blessing. Watching the outcome of each miracle is very enlightening. People are changed, transformed, and ultimately encouraged to draw closer to God and this could be the very reason of why God has chosen to perform miracles.