Moses And The Burning
1Now 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 wilderness
and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God.
2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him
in flames of fire from
that though the bush was
on fire it did not burn up.
3So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the
bush does not burn up.”
4When the Lord saw that
he had gone over to look,
God called to him from within the bush, “Moses!
And Moses said, “Here I
5“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take
off your sandals, for the place where you are
standing is holy ground.”
6Then 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.
7The 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
8So 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
Hivites and Jebusites.
9And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me,
and I have seen the way
the Egyptians are oppressing them.
10So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh
to bring my people the
Israelites out of Egypt.”
of saving his people.