I’ve seen some out-of-the-ordinary things in my life. I’m sure you have too, but in case you haven’t, I encourage you to to take a day to “people-watch” at an amusement park. Kings Island or Cedar Point will suffice, and I bet that what you’ll experience will carry some serious shock value. Fayette Mall will also do.
Regardless of what you’ve seen or experienced, you’ve probably got nothing on Moses’ experience in Exodus 3: the burning bush.
Only it wasn’t on fire.
Wait — it was.
But it wasn’t affected by the fire.
Oh yeah — the bush is talking too.
“What’s wrong with me? Am I hallucinating? What did I eat last night? Did someone slip something into my Matzo loaf?” These are the questions that must have been going through Moses’ head. Then, the Lord reveals Himself and let’s him know that this encounter is so serious that even the ground he’s standing on is holy. While that can be a puzzling part of the story for us, check out this note on “holy ground” that helped make sense of this for me:
The instructions to Moses are followed by a reason that emphasizes the place where he is standing. The very ordinariness of the location helps make the point that it is holy ground, not because of any special properties of the place but only because of God’s presence. This is representative of a theme in Exodus: God is holy, and he is the one who makes or declares places and people to be holy—and each is properly understood or treated as holy only in its relation to God. The instructions given to Moses here at the burning bush are also given to his successor Joshua when he meets the “commander of the army of the Lord” as Israel is preparing to take Jericho. ESV Study Bible
This encounter with God was powerful. It was one of the defining moments in the life of Moses. Many of us have had powerful moments in our walk with Christ that have defined us and maybe even governed the trajectory of our life and our goals. Since we as believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, these moments may happen with some regularity.
Today, as a response to our reading, I want our comments section below to be dedicated to sharing some of our powerful encounters with the Lord. We may not be Moses, but the God of the universe has met with us just like He met with Moses. If you can’t think of something recently, tell us about your salvation testimony. Wherever you were on that day, and whatever you were doing in that moment, I am pretty sure you were standing on the holy ground of Christ’s cross.
By: Todd Thomas