Exodus 3:1-6 - Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “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.
In recent days, this passage seems to be on my mind a lot. Anywhere from DLife to Children’s Church, the escapades of Moses seem to be sticking with me.
It’s not a new passage for me. Matter of fact, I’ve read it many times. I’ve also heard multiple sermons and have participated in various Bible studies based on these very words. The text in the passage has not changed through the years, but for some reason I can’t escape the deeper meaning.
On this day, Moses punched the clock and got busy with his everyday job — keeping his father-in-law’s sheep. What began as a typical day suddenly became remarkable day the moment Moses chose his path... “he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Whether he realized it or not, Moses was about to experience God in an up close and personal way. As Moses rounded the corner, his curiosity was peaked by what he proclaimed to be... “this great sight.” He wanted to know more about what his eyes saw – a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. Hmmm... I wonder if his curiosity was driven by the bush or by the fire.You can almost hear the Lord say, “Gotcha! Now that I have your attention...”
I find it interesting that the Lord drew Moses into His presence through curiosity. As soon as He had Moses’ attention, the LORD issued a warning... “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Isn’t it interesting that God waited to identify himself until after he issued the “Holy Ground” warning?
In DLife, we discussed the meaning of “Holy Ground.” I challenged the group members to think outside of the box. We all know that God is holy, so it makes sense that “Holy Ground” would represent “His Presence.” But wait... there’s more!
Think about it... Holy Ground = God’s Presence. Holy Spirit = God’s Presence.
The Holy Spirit dwells inside all Christians, therefore all Christians are “Holy Ground.”
I’m still pondering this, but I can only imagine what might happen within the church if all Christians remembered that we are “Holy Ground.” I’m curious... Would it affect the way we treat each other? Would it affect the way the world sees us? Would it stir their curiosity about God?
Go ahead... ponder it.
Remember this... you are loved, and you are always in my prayers.
In Christ, Cheryl