Text: Exodus 3:1-15
We forget sometimes that the Bible is about us. It is not a story about them back there; it is about us here and now. As one biblical scholar put it, “…at one and the same time the biblical past not only illumines the present but becomes itself part of the present, part of us. Until you can read the story of Adam and Eve, of Abraham and Sarah, of David and Bethsheba, as your own story, you have not really understood it. The book is about ourselves, our own apostasies, our own battles and [our own] blessings….”
The story of Moses and the burning bush is in the Bible not just to give us information about the Israelites journey from captivity to liberation or data about Moses or details about God. It is not read again and again in churches because it is good for us or teaches us something we didn’t already know or makes us wiser or even better people. We hear the story of Moses and the burning bush in hopes that we might become vulnerable to those places from which God is speaking to us, susceptible to the holy ground we stand on, and willing to turn aside to risk seeing something miraculous and amazing.