Read Exodus 2:23-3:22
“There the angel of the LORD appeared to [Moses] in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.” Exodus 3:2
Do you remember what God promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob?
- He promised that they would become a great nation.
- They would have so many descendants that a person wouldn’t be able to count them.
- The Lord would give them their own land on the east side of the Mediterranean Sea.
- They would be a source of blessing to other people.
As Moses watched sheep in the wilderness, he and the other descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were not experiencing what God had promised. It is true that there were more of them than before, but they were far from their homeland. Rather than living in the Land of Promise they were in the land of pyramids, Egypt. Instead of being a nation known for greatness, the Egyptians laughed at them and took advantage of them by making them their slaves. Rather than being able to bless others, it seemed like they were being cursed.
Thankfully, God never forgets His promises! He always follows through. He constantly does what He says He will do. God’s plan to get His people back to their land included Moses. God’s plan to restore their greatness and to make them a source of blessing was still one He was going to bring about. And His plan would require Moses’ leadership. God likes to use normal people to bring about His will. But first, God had to get Moses’ attention. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in the midst of a fire…a bush fire that kept burning and never dwindled.
At that fire, God had a conversation with Moses telling this normal man how God would use Him in fulfilling His promise.