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Moses and the Burning Bush

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 moun-
tain 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 bum up. So Moses
thought, 'I will go over and see this strange
sight—why the bush does not bum 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
"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."
"Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to
the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of
your fathers has sent me to you,' and they
ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what
shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM.
This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
'I AM has sent me to you.' "
God also said to Moses, "Say to the
Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your
fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to
you.' This is my name forever, the name by
which I am to be remembered from genera-
tion to generation.
'Go, assemble the elders of Israel and
say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your
fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob— appeared to me and said: I have
watched over you and have seen what has
been done to you in Egypt. And I have
promised to bring you up out of your misery
in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites,
Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and
Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and
"The elders of Israel will listen to you.
Then you and the elders are to go to the king
of Egypt and say to him, 'The LORD, the
God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let
us take a three-day journey into the desert
to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.'
But I know that the king of Egypt will not
let you go unless a mighty hand compels
him. So I will stretch out my hand and
strike the Egyptians with all the wonders
that I will perform among them. After that,
he will let you go.
"And I will make the Egyptians favorably
disposed toward this people, so that
when you leave you will not go empty-
handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor
and any woman living in her house for
articles of silver and gold and for clothing,
which you will put on your sons and daugh-
ters. And so you will plunder the Egyp-
Signs for Moses
4 Moses answered, "What if they do not
believe me or listen to me and say, 'The
LORD did not appear to you'?"
Then the LORD said to him, 'What is that
in your hand?"
"A staff," he replied.
The LORD said, "Throw it on the
Moses threw it on the ground and it
became a snake, and he ran from it. Then
the LORD said to him,' 'Reach out your hand
and take it by the tail." So Moses reached
out and took hold of the snake and it turned
back into a staff in his hand. 'This," said
the LORD, "is so that they may believe that
the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God
of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God
of Jacob—has appeared to you."
Then the LORD said, "Put your hand in-
side your cloak." So Moses put his hand
into his cloak, and when he took it out, it
was leprous, o like snow.
"Now put it back into your cloak," he
said. So Moses put his hand back into his
cloak, and when he took it out, it was re-
stored, like the rest of his flesh.
Then the LORD said, "If they do not be-
lieve you or pay attention to the first mirac-
ulous sign, they may believe the second.
But if they do not believe these two signs
or listen to you, take some water from the
Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The
water you take from the river will become
blood on the ground."
Moses said to the LORD, "0 Lord, I
have never been eloquent, neither in the
past nor since you have spoken to your
servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."
"The LORD said to him, "Who gave man
his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute?
Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is
it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you
speak and will teach you what to say."
But Moses said, "0 Lord, please send
someone else to do it."
Then the LORD'S anger burned against
Moses and he said, "What about your
brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can
speak well. He is already on his way to meet
you, and his heart will be glad when he sees
you. You shall speak to him and put
words in his mouth; I will help both of you
speak and will teach you what to do. He
will speak to the people for you, and it will
be as if he were your mouth and as if you
were God to him. But take this staff in
your hand so you can perform miraculous
signs with it."

EXODUS 3:1-22 , 4:1-17


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