|Exodus 3 |
1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the backside of the desert and came to Horeb, to the mountain of God.
2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, "I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned."
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
5 And God said, "Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground."
6 Moreover 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 upon God.
7 And the LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.1
8 And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9 Now behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
11 And Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
12 And God said, "I will certainly be with you; and this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain."
13 Then Moses said to God, "Behold, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your forefathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is his name?' What shall I say to them?"
14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'I AM has sent me to you!'" [Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM. John 8:58]
15 And God also said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'the LORD 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, and this is the name by which I am to be remembered for all generations.
16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt;
17 And I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.'
18 And they will heed your voice; and you shall go, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt and you shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now let us go, we beseech you, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.'
19 And I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go except by a mighty hand.
20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all my wonders that I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.
21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall come to pass, that when you go, you shall not go empty handed.
22 But every woman shall ask her neighbor and any woman who dwells in her house for jewels of silver and gold, and for clothing, which you shall put on your sons and daughters; and so you shall plunder the Egyptians."
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1 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows. Today we are in spiritual Sodom and Egypt, with its fleshpots and pleasures. Today Pharaoh is the Spirit of Satan within us that rules us, who does not want to be burned up by the Lord's appearance in our hearts. But there are some who mourn their slavery to sin. There are some who know they are slaves, laboring for the wrong things in life. There are some who have gone to the Lord to wait on him, and he has shown them how deeply enslaved they are. And for those who wish to become free, he whom Moses was just a shadow, is our leader and captain who will destroy the works of the devil within us and redeem us for all iniquity to purify us to become for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for works of love.
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