Many people can look to a time in their lives they would describe as a turning point. Perhaps entering a new phase of life, a new opportunity, a new challenge or moving to a new place. Moses himself experienced a turning point in Exodus chapter 3.
In this scene, Moses had already fled from Egypt and was now keeping the flock of his father-in-law. As he comes unto Mount Horeb, he has an encounter that will change the course of his life forever. The angel of the Lord speaks to Moses from the burning bush. As we study Scripture we begin to recognize that “the angel of the Lord” is a reference to the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God Himself. Amazingly, this bush that is burning is not consumed by the fire. We know that bushes are generally quite combustible, so it is truly miraculous that this bush was not consumed. In the New Testament, an even more wonderful truth to which this points is seen more fully: the Son of God would take to Himself a human nature and dwell among His people, revealing God to them. We are told, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 14:6)
In this scene, as the Lord speaks to Moses, Moses is ultimately being set apart to his mission. In many ways, this is a commissioning to serve as the earthly vessel, the means by which God would deliver his people from Egypt. But this commission is given on the basis of the promises of God. God would be with Moses, and God would fulfill His covenant. Even in the command, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt,” God gives Moses the assurance that He will do this work. He is truly faithful.
Amazingly, even as Moses led the people out of Egypt, so Christ would deliver His people and bring them unto God. Christ is a greater Prophet than was Moses, revealing God to His people. Christ is a greater Mediator than was Moses, being both the Priest to His people and the sacrifice for sin.
Join us this Lord’s Day evening for worship at 5 PM at the Commons at St. Andrews Church at 8300 Kanis Rd. in Little Rock as we study Exodus 3:1-10 more fully. If you need directions, click here, or contact us for more information. You can also join us online at FacebookLive@RiverCityARP and on YouTube.