Exodus 3.1-6 – Man in the presence of God’s holiness.
Posted: 9 July 2012 in Exodus

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.  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. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 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. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 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.

Here is the Bible’s account of the call of Moses. Perhaps not surprisingly, Moses first reaction to the site of the bush which burned, without being consumed, was to adopt the stance of the physical scientist, and want to examine it more closely. We know from elsewhere in the Bible that God can punish severely over familiarity on the part of his creatures, with Uzzah’s fate in 2 Samuel 6 is a case in point. Here, however, Moses is warned, before it is too late, that he is in the presence of God. He then reacts in a way which is altogether more appropriate to the situation.

Since God doesn’t change, he must be as concerned to protect his holiness today as he was in Moses’ day, and it seems to me that passages such as this cast a certain light on the “Jesus is my buddy” type of spirituality. Jesus is our Saviour, but he is also our Lord and the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

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