This weekend I will preach on Exodus 3:2-5; the call of Moses through burning bush.
In the New Revised Standard Version it reads:
2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
I left out verse one on purpose. Feel free to take a look at it for yourself. Since I am doing a series on God’s calling of different people through scripture I am mostly concerned with 1) How did God make the individual aware that God was speaking? 2) The response of the individual and 3) the message.
There are other parts that I always try to consider and incorporate for example are there any timeless nuggets of wisdom for humanity to learn in this narrative? Is there something that we can discern about the character of God through this narrative?
Right now the part that stands out to me is Moses saying, “I must turn aside…”
When you read this text what stands out to you?