Holy Ground

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 3:4-6[2]

God patiently waited in a flaming bush that was not harmed by his presence until the unusual sight attracted Moses attention. “Moses, Moses,” he called from the bush, and now had Moses full attention.

God did not want him to “come any closer”[3] and yet he did. He told Moses to take his shoes off because he stood on holy ground. Was the ground more holy than God? God’s presence made the ground holy. Why didn’t God say “Don’t come any closer for I am holy.” Instead he told Moses to remove his man-made shoes so his God made feet could touch holy ground. If God’s presence made the ground holy, it also made Moses holy.

I don’t know why God did not want Moses to come close. I am confident it had nothing to do with God’s “holiness”. Centuries later, God expressed his disdain for a ‘holier than thou” attitude through Isaiah. Speaking about the Hebrews who abandoned him for a man-made religion God said, “They say, ‘Keep your distance. Don’t touch me. I’m holier than thou.’ These people gag me. I can’t stand their stench.”[4]

Moses stood before a usual sight with shoes in hand and heard a remarkable declaration. “I am the God of your father: the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” It had been 214 years since God told Jacob he would go with them to Egypt. Jacob would die in the presence of Joseph, but they would become a great nation and God would bring them back to Canaan.

Apparently Moses was not afraid until God identified himself, but I wonder why. Afraid is used once in all of the patriarch’s interactions with God. When Jacob fled from Esau, God appeared to him in a dream. Jacob awoke thinking he had found the gate to Heaven that led to God’s house. As Moses grows in the knowledge of God, his fear will be replaced with a request to see God’s glory.

[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] Exodus 3:5

[4] Isaiah 65:5 Message Bible

About Teena Myers

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