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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lent - Day 28: Blazing Bushes and Holy Ground

Photo Credit: Jack Scheper
Activity:
Either every bush is ablaze, and all ground is holy; 
Or none of them are, and none of it is. 
Go outside and behold. 
What is God calling you toward?

Scripture:
Exodus 2:23-3:15
[23]After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under
their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to
God. [24]God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. [25]God looked upon the Israelites, and God took
notice of them.

[1]Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of
Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God. [2]There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of
fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not
consumed. [3]Then Moses said, "I must turn aside and look at this great sight,
and see why the bush is not burned up." [4]When the LORD saw that he had
turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he
said, "Here I am." [5]Then he said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from
your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." [6]He said
further, "I am the God of your 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 at
God.

[7]Then the LORD said, "I have observed the misery of my people who are in
Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know
their sufferings, [8]and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians,
and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing
with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the
Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. [9]The cry of the
Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress
them. [10]So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the
Israelites, out of Egypt." [11]But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should
go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" [12]He said, "I will be
with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when
you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this
mountain."

[13]But Moses said to God, "If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The
God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his
name?' what shall I say to them?" [14]God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." He
said further, "Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'I AM has sent me to
you.'" [15]God also said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the Israelites, 'The
LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob, has sent me to you': This is my name forever, and this my title
for all generations." 

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