[CF Devotionals] 2017-07-23 - Exodus ~ Moses' Third Concern

God's Sign

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“… God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV)

Moses Called by God

Keep in mind some points we’ve previously discussed. While Moses was in Egypt, he was strong in work and deed, and God has kept him on hold for forty years.

As we rejoin Moses, he is still on the backside of the desert, tending Jethro’s sheep. And as he moved day by day, the sheep going where they found food, he found himself by Mt. Horeb, which is called here, the mountain of God.

The Jewish Study Bible Notes:
Horeb, alternate name for Mount Sinai (in E and in Deuteronomy). It is generally thought to be located in the Sinai Peninsula, though some believe it is in northwest Arabia, near Midian. Its designation mountain of God may indicate that it was already considered a sacred place, or it may be anticipatory. The first possibility may gain support from Egyptian inscriptions of the 14th century BCE that refer to an area, apparently in this region, as “land of the nomads, Yahwe”; this might also be understood as “land of the nomads who worship Yahwe.” 3

Verses 2-4: Anyway, as noted, Moses was leading sheep around in the wilderness, an occupation he would have the rest of his life. At this time, the sheep were four-footed, but later they would be two-footed. He came to Horeb, the mountain of God, which was probably Sinai. There the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in the midst of the flames that “consumed not the bush.” The Angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Christ. The Lord called to Moses out of the midst of the flames, “Moses, Moses” and Moses responded. I wonder what I’d do if a bush started talking to me?

Exodus study to be continued.

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All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.
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