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TITLE: One Day in the Bible – Moses
By Jasti Victor

The turning point in Moses' life was the sighting of the burning bush and talking to God face to face.
The Earth shook. First it was a slow rumble and then the echo, which sounded as though it was never going to end. It awoke Moses.

Alert, even though it was very early in the morning, Moses instinctively reached out with his right hand for the shepherd’s rod. From the time he led Jethro’s flock to the backside of the desert to the mountain range of Horeb, he took precautions any shepherd takes when in a new place. Any time a wild animal or a pack of wolves can attack and that’s the reason he slept with the readiness to face any danger and be prepared for any consequences. His fighting techniques perfected when he was an Egyptian Prince; his five senses honed by years of military training and his sixth sense, perfected by expecting the unforeseen in this wilderness, all came to the fore as he thought he heard that unearthly sound again.

Looking around in the dark tent he saw that Zipporah and Gershom were deep in sleep and silently tying his shoes, stepped out. The air was cold and thick with mist and the night still dark with only the stars to keep it company that it took Moses some time to get familiar to the wilderness around.

Slowly he could discern the outline of Mount Sinai through the mist, the faint light of the many sparkling stars lighting up the sky making the tip of the mountain look darker and awesome from where he stood at the edge of the desert.

Then from the corner of his eyes he thought he saw a bright orange speck of glistening light which disappeared in a twinkling as a passing cloud covered it.

His attention was drawn to a movement at the bottom of the mountain and he listened keenly for any signs that could indicate the presence of a wild animal or any risk which he should be aware off.

He took a deep breath of the cold morning air as he made his way around the enclosure where the flocks were kept. Moses’ trained eye pierced through the dark as he sought for anything that is out of place. He closely watched the sheep, the goats and the camels for any signs or indication that they are aware of any threat lurking around.

Satisfied that there is no immediate peril except that the animals were tired from the long trudging on the desert, he walked towards his tent.

Then he again saw the same speck of light, this time it was a bright orange flickering fire at the top of the mountain which did not grow bigger nor become smaller.

It was as though a bush was on fire.

‘It’s a burning bush!’ thought Moses, fascinated as he walked around the plains surrounding the mountain to see whether the fire was spreading. It was not. Neither was the bush burning itself out.

Awestruck he walked fast towards the tent to find Zipporah waiting for him.

“Can you see that burning bush?” pointed Moses to the top of the mountain at the faint glimmer of bright orange. Fascinated Zipporah nodded as she saw the glorious sight.

“I am going out there to see why it’s not burning out like any other fire.”

The climb to the top was laborious as he had to circumvent around the sharp edges and the slippery slopes. Only when he reached the top, did he see from a distance that the fire was indeed from a large bush. Captivated he walked slowly towards it when he thought he heard someone calling him.

Startled he stopped and waited to hear it again. This time he could hear it clearly.

“Moses, Moses.”

And he answered immediately, “Here am I.”

And as he made his way towards the burning bush, he was stopped and asked to take off his shoes.

“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

The light was so bright that Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.

“I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and heard their cry.”

But when God asked Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him that he should let the sons of Israel out of Egypt, he said “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?”

“I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.”

Moses was the second son of Jochebed and Amram, the first being Aaron, who later was asked by God to use his eloquence when they meet Pharaoh. Aaron was three years elder to Moses and was born before the Pharaoh’s edict. Moses had an elder sister Miriam.
It was Jochebed who hid him for three months and made a tiny reed basket, much like the Egyptian river boats and waterproofed it by tar so that it is well insulated and difficult to see among the tall reeds. God used this courageous act of hers and placed Moses in the house of Pharaoh. There he learnt the Egyptian alphabets and became adapted to the fine art of fighting techniques.

But God made Moses a Midianite shepherd, a nomad so that he could learn the ways of the people he would be leading and also about life in the wilderness.

The day God spoke to Moses was from an unexpected source, a burning bush. That day was the day that God wanted to talk to Moses because He knew that he was ready to lead Israel out of bondage.
But Moses pleaded that he was not a good speaker and God provided Aaron to be with him.
But Moses explained that Pharaoh won’t listen to him and God gave him the power to do miracles.
And Moses knew that God had already made his Divine plan very clear as he said,
“I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain.”

Like Moses you could also talk to God face to face, because He uses unexpected sources to reach out to you. He could use people around you, circumstances, thoughts, or any experiences. God used an ordinary shepherd’s rod to make Pharaoh tremble before the Lord. Even now God uses your ordinary day to day usage of ability like talking, writing, singing and your actions to glorify His name.
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