Moses came to the burning bush and came to the presence of the Lord.
The burning bush: God and creation can co-exist (God present in the physical – burning bush is ever-maintained by God)
Symbolism: The bush represents the people (Israel, us individually) and the fire represents God’s fuel.
Angel of the Lord: is thought to actually represent God’s presence
Moses: going to the people to led the Israelite, he had hesitation, questioning his worthiness. God assures Moses He will be with him.
God: Tell the Israelite “I AM,” all being. The God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob. Stating that He is the same as the relationship with his ancestry, from the beginning.
Being itself. Creation itself. God is.
God’s name is a story. Israel. Jesus. The Cross. Deliverer, Redeemer.
God’s name is an embodied name. It’s a person. God and Moses becomes synonymous. God becomes embodied in Moses. Later seen in the prophets, then in Jesus. Amazingly, embodied in the Church (as we are the hands and feet of God’s, taking God to the world – in family, homes, work, school, etc.
What makes him special, people and God blesses him throughout his life. Lead him to be faithful to God and enables him to do God’s work.
Recall the end of Dirty Laundry series: Joseph forgives his brothers, brings them into Egypt where they are cared for. Generations later, the new pharaoh of Egypt did not know of Joseph and the favor placed on the Hebrews, instead seeing the Hebrews as a threat and placed them into slavery.
Fearing the growing number of Hebrews, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill newborn males.
Midwives feared God and refused to adhere to Pharaoh’s orders.
After giving birth, Moses’ mother hid him until at 3 months it was impossible to keep him hidden. Desperate, she but Moses in a basket, placed in the river and let him go, trusting God would protect him.
Pharaoh’s daughter pulled Moses out of the river. The midwives intervened and saved Moses, by bringing him back to his mother to nurse, while being raised under safety of Pharaoh. Like with Joseph, God demonstrates faithfulness, using the situation to bless Moses, his mother, and the midwives.
Figuratively, parents put their children in the river, letting their children go.
In many ways, parents are putting themselves in the basket, trust that God will provide.
We as a Church need to be willing to go into the river.