Moses, a Bush on Fire, and the Almighty’s Plan

As we continue going through the Bible, we have now approached Exodus.

God responded to Israel’s terrible plight by listening to the prayers of his oppressed people, revealing his character to Moses, and promising to deliver and redeem them.

Here are some notes:

  1. Moses attempted to deliver God’s people but tried through his hands (Ex. 2:12).
  2. “I am the God of your father” (Ex. 3:6).  If God approached my children with this description of himself, would they feel relieved, confused, or disgusted?  That answer has more to do with their perception of me than their perception of him.
  3. Don’t miss the proximity of these characters.  The Pharaoh that died (Ex. 2:23) was Moses’ adopted grandfather.
  4. God will never forget about his people (Ex. 2:24).
  5. No greater reassurance than to realize God is aware of our suffering (Ex. 2:25).
  6. God has a uniquely perceptive, attentive nature.
  7. Bush on fire – take this message seriously.
  8. God had a history to communicate (Ex. 3:6-10).
  9. When God instructed Moses to take of his sandals, he was saying stop out of your past (record on his sandals) and step out of the work of your hands.
  10. The mentioning of these names (Ex. 3:6) do not conjure up thoughts of faithful patriarchs but a faithful God!
  11. God promised to save them from something for something.
  12. It’s not about who I am, it’s about who is I AM (Ex. 3:11).
  13. When God calls, if I look to self, I am filled with fear, but if I look to God, I am filled with faith.
  14. If God calls you to do something bigger than yourself, stop looking at yourself.
  15. The greatest promise of God is the presence of God (Ex. 3:12).
  16. God doesn’t involve us in his work because he needs us; he includes us because he wants us.
  17. “I AM WHO I AM.”  God is absolutely central.  God actually “is.”
  18. God defines himself.  He is the self-existent one.  He is not defined by on jurisdiction.
  19. God’s existence and character are determined by himself alone.
  20. Moses’ excuse (Ex. 4:10-11) was irreverent and irrelevant.