Exodus 3

Posted on May 29, 2020No Comment
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.
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. So Moses
thought, “I will go over and
see this strange sight—why the
bush does not burn up.”

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.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said.
“Take off your sandals, for the
place where you are standing
is holy ground.” Then he said,
“I am the God of your father,
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.

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. 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. And now the cry
of the Israelites has reached
me, and I have seen the way the
Egyptians are oppressing them.
So now, go. I am sending you to
Pharaoh to bring my people the
Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who
am I that I should go to Pharaoh
and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

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 will worship
God on this mountain.”

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?’ 
hen what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “ I am who I am .
This is what you are to say
to the Israelites: ‘ I am has
sent me to you.’ ”

God also said to Moses,
“Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,
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.

“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. 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.’

“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.’
But I know that the king of
Egypt will not let you go unless
a mighty hand compels him.
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.

“And I will make the Egyptians
favorably disposed toward this
people, so that when you leave
you will not go empty-handed.
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.”

Exodus 3:1‭-‬22 NIV

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