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 desert 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. 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. (Exodus 3:1-10 NIV)
The first thing God did after Moses responded to Him was to tell Moses to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. He wanted Moses to know His nature, even before He told him who He was. He demanded reverence for who He is and what He has done.
God wants us, too, to know His nature. He wants us to know everything we can about Him. But His nature is so vast, so magnificent, so awesome, it takes a commitment and a lot of effort on our part to really get to know Him. If you want to learn to be a dentist, you study dentistry. If you want to learn to be an actor, you study acting. If you want to learn to be a better Christian, you study the Word. It's that simple. There is no better way to get to know who God is and what He expects of us than through the scriptures. That's what they are there for.
If regular study of the Word is a part of your life, your life will be richly blessed. Every time you study, you will see some new and wonderful part of God's nature. And, just as getting to know another person better makes your relationship stronger, so getting to know God better strengthens the most important relationship in your life. You will come to understand His Holiness, and what it really means. And you will find a new reverence for Him and who He is. Remember, His holiness was so awesome to Moses, that Moses hid his face, fearing to look at Him.
"Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." Leviticus 19:2
“All Scripture is Godbreathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
From Newsong Ministries
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