And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2
Here’s a moment that will change Moses’ life forever! Now remember Moses fled into the Wilderness in fear of Pharaoh. So now Moses went from living in royalty to being a Shepherd in the wilderness. Moses probably thought God was finished with him, but God was just getting started
Anytime we see “Angel of the Lord” in caps its talking about Jesus. Remember the word “Angel” actually means Messenger, and LORD is translated from Gods name Yahweh. So more accurately you can read this as the Messenger of Yahweh.
But why a Burning Bush? Remember scripture tells us “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29) Could this be revelation of the Holy Spirit? Regardless God got Moses attention!
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:4-5
God has called Moses by name and notice how Moses responds “Here I am”. When God is calling you, how do you respond? Now some might say but “Moses is a murder” , “Moses is not a holy man”, but God is merciful and he will take those who have a heart for him and use them for His glory
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; Exodus 3:6-7
God clearly identifies himself as the God of Israel. Notice God didn’t forget about the Israelites and was aware of their suffering. I’m sure most of them thought God had forgotten about them, maybe some of them even questioned Gods existence. However God still had a redemption plan for them, just as he does for us!
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10
God is now going to send Moses back to Egypt to save his people! Moses probably figured He would never set foot in Egypt again, however God has different plans! Moses was probably wondering how this would all work out, but God knows the beginning and the end
We need to learn from Moses to trust in God and lean not on our own understanding , even if you failed God in the past, he can restore you and use you for His glory Amen!