1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2 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.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 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.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 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.
7 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;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Moses was content to live with Jethro and he was now receiving on the job training as a shepherd. He moves his father-in-law’s flock to the backside of the Midian desert to a place called Mt. Horeb, the mountain of God. This is where he will have the burning bush experience and later receive the Torah.
Midian is on the Arabian Peninsula, with its’ western border being the gulf of Aqaba.
A shepherd moved a flock only when necessary to find fresh pastureland and then only as short a distance as possible to known areas.
Moses had settled into his new life as a husband, a father, and a son-in-law in the family business. His idea that he was to be a special deliverer for God was now a memory. His exceptional luxurious life had been replaced with the worries of everyday life. Babies crying, coming home to dinner, and tending the sheep.
He would be alone most of the day with the flocks and we are never given an idea that God spoke to him for the forty years he spent his life in Jethro’s house.
His enthusiasm for God and what He thought He wanted to achieve in his life.
Here on Mt. Horeb, he passes by a burning bush. The word used here is “Seneh” and it means “thorns,” or a thorny bush. Thorns are aborted limbs. Now a bush on fire would be an almost everyday thing for him and to see one spontaneously combust or be struck by lightning and start burning was not something that would cause a second glance.
This bush was something different. This particular bush was not being consumed by the fire. The Angel of the Lord was in this bush and He was here to get the attention of Moses.
Notice that God spoke to Moses only after he turned aside to look at the bush.
What if he didn’t stop?
What would have happened had he not been interested?
Moses had to develop a servant’s and a shepherd’s heart and he had to learn how to lead in love. He also had to be a broken vessel, completely empty for God, but this takes time to develop and this is just what was happening. Had he not stopped, God would have kept on calling out to him and he would have stayed in this place only until he was ready.
Sometimes God calls people in miraculous ways but there are times when He uses the everyday mundane things to get our attention.
1 Corinthians 1:
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
The problem for us is that we are usually so busy with life; so busy with the cares of this world that we can miss out on what He is trying to say to us and we pass on by.
How many blessings have we missed only because we are not looking with our spiritual eyes?
How many burning bushes have we passed by?
We need to have eyes to see and ears to hear what God is trying to say to us and if we are not careful, He can be drowned out by the many voices that all to us in our everyday life.
Our job is to be available for God when and wherever He calls us and this takes time and prayer.