If Exodus is THE book of the Old Testament, then Exodus 3 is THE chapter of THE book of THE Old Testament. Sorry, I got a little carried away there.
This is the burning bush for crying out loud! (which, BTW, was one of my favorite scenes from “The Prince of Egypt.“)
The story is pretty well known: God speaks to Moses from a burning bush and tells him to go back to Egypt and together they will free the people from the slavery and oppression of the Egyptians blah blah blah.
But what about all the things you didn’t know? Oh yes my friends! Bring on the list!
3 Things You Didn’t Know About The Burning Bush
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1) Moses could have Missed It
he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush,
(I can’t fully take credit for this one. Thanks Andrea!)
Given the serious nature of the task he was calling Moses to, God could have justifiably come in a much more powerful way – like a pillar of fire or smoke or in a cloud shaped like a lion with the voice of James Earl Jones. Instead, he takes the subtle route, waiting for Moses to come to him.
Waiting for Moses to be curious.
Which begs the question: What if Moses had decided that he didn’t care? What if he decided that the sheep were more important?
2) God Is Fine With Inefficiency
So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
God didn’t have to do this through Moses. It was very clear in the beginning of Genesis that God was quite capable of doing huge things all by himself. Remember what he did to those turgid tower builders? Surely he could handle Pharaoh!
But no. He wants to use Moses. He wants to work alongside someone.
Why do you think that is?
This isn’t going to be a quick trip. This is going to be long and painful. People are going to die. A kingdom is going to be brought to it’s knees.
All because God is fine with inefficiency.
3) God “Knows” Suffering
I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings
That’s a new phrase for the Bible. I know about God seeing and hearing things. But knowing suffering?
The Hebrew word for that is “yada.” Yada is a word that has a wide range of meaning. It can be as simple as knowing information to as deep as “knowing your wife” if you “know” what I mean.
Which one is it here? Is it possible that God is intimately aware of the suffering of his people because he has experienced it himself?
That’s my list. Which ones surprised you the most? Did I miss any? Did I just share obvious things that you knew about a long time ago? The comment section is open for business!