The Greatest Text Message | Exodus 3:1-12 | Devotional
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight-- why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-- the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."
When God sent his message to Moses, it was in red letter edition—blazing red right from a burning bush. God warned Moses to stay at a distance, and instructed him to demonstrate that he was standing in a holy place. Moses, in response, hid his face “because he was afraid to look at God.” In the Old Testament when God spoke, people trembled.
All that changed with Jesus. God in the flesh invited people to himself. They gathered close to hear His word. Children sat on His lap and looked directly in His eyes. A woman worked her way through the crowds to touch Him. Two men put a hole in a poor guy’s roof in order to lower their friend to Jesus.
That access to God continues in the Bible. What a privilege it is to hold God’s word in our hands and read it in our own language. These living and active words speak to our hearts. They teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness. Everything we need to know about God and ourselves is found somewhere after “In the beginning” and before “Amen.” From the bush, God warned Moses to keep his distance. From the Bible, God invites us to come near and read love letters from the Father to His children.
Read His word and see His heart. “I love you” is somewhere on every page.