The Unusual in the Common

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 3:1-6 [2]

When God was concerned about his people. It did not matter that the people needing help had rejected the man God choose to lead them. God is faithful. He made promises to their ancestors. Those promises govern his actions regardless of their good or bad behavior.

Years of doing Egypt’s dirty work and the genocide of their male children had prepared them to accept God’s way. Visiting a man who did not need deliverance was the first item on God’s plan to help his people. Forty years had elapsed since Moses first attempt to deliver them from Egypt’s abuse. This former son of Pharaoh, at one time mighty in word and deed[3], had been reduced to tending sheep on the backside of a desert. He had accepted that he would never fulfill God’s plan for his life. But the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.[4]

There were a lot of ways God could have spoken to Moses. He could have walked into his tent, appeared to him in a dream, or thundered a command from the heavens. He chose to wait in a burning bush that was not consumed by his fire. Bushes bursting into flames were a common sight in the area. Bushes aflame without being consumed were not.

God waited until Moses saw the unusual in a common sight and stopped to investigate. Moses decision to investigate brought him into the presence of God. When God saw he had Moses attention the deliverance of his people from Egypt’s power began.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Acts 7:22

[4] Romans 11:29

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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