A Little Daily Devotion Blog


Exodus 3

March 2, 2012


Moses and the Burning Bush
 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

Moses and the Burning Bush
 4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

   And Moses said, “Here I am.”

 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

 7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending 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 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”

 13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

 15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

   “This is my name forever,
   the name you shall call me
   from generation to generation.

 16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’

 18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.

 21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”


Daily Devotion Blog

SandalsWhen Moses came to the burning bush, God commanded him to remove his sandals.  He was standing on holy ground.


I have always read this as a demand for respect, which I’m sure that it was.  Taking off your shoes as you enter a home signifies respect - that you do not wish to bring in the dirt from your feet.   It recently dawned on me, however, that maybe – just maybe – God had a different purpose also in mind.  Perhaps God wanted Moses to remove his sandals because they would have been a barrier between him and God’s Holy Presence.

Sure, there is that very serious thing about “don’t come any closer” and the whole impurity of our humanity and the related wrath we would justly receive if we came close to His presence before the time of our Pure and Perfect Sacrificial Redemption in Jesus Christ.


But what if in asking Moses to remove his sandals, God was also asking him to remove the barrier so that he might experience a purer, more direct touch from Him?
It is certain that this is how God wants us to approach Him.  Naked.  Free from barriers, on our feet and in our hearts.  He wants direct contact with us – whole and complete. 

Perhaps, in removing his sandals, Moses was demonstrating for us how we might receive a purer touch from our Holy Father if we would only follow his model of respect and remove the barriers from our feet and from our hearts when we are in His Presence.


Of course, what is He but omnipresent?  Always here. 


Let's consider, prayerfully and continually, removing any barrier which might threaten to dampen our perception of His touch.


Daily Devotion Blog Prayer


Show me the truth in my heart, and help me remove any barrier which would inhibit a deeper relationship with You. 

In all love and faithfulness I pray, Amen!



Comment Here

Follow Us

  • E-mail Me
  • Our Facebook Page
  • View Feed Updates
    • Recieve E-mail Feeds