Exodus – Chapter 3: Moses and the Burning Bush

In Exodus Chapter 2 Moses was born and through a string of very unlikely events survives the Pharaoh’s command to kill all first born sons of the Israelites.  God, having apparently gone into a deep slumber for a few centuries, finally wakes up and decides to help the Israelites.  It seems He only helps when the people are suffering greatly.  All-loving God?  I think not!  Let’s see what Chapter 3 brings us.  Hint:  The title tells us there is a burning bush!!!

“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.” – Exodus 3:2

Yeah…not possible.  If it’s a real bush and a real fire, it will definitely burn.  Why did the angel appear as a burning bush?  Angels have appeared many times in human form (the story of Lot, for example).  Why not do the same thing here to be absolutely clear to Moses that it was indeed God speaking.

“When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’” – Exodus 3:4

Wait?  Is this an angel as mentioned in verse 2, or is the burning bush God Himself as stated in verse 4?

“’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.” – Exodus 3:5-6

We know today that many people hear voices and many people see visions.  At no time do we ever think, despite what is heard/seen, that these people are seeing a direct image from God.  No, we realize there is something wrong, and if we’re doing the right thing, we help these people receive medical help.  Moses is someone who needs medical help, although that type of medical help isn’t available at the time.  Surely Moses is not the only person of the time to hear a voice or see a vision and claim it was God.  Why does Moses get special privileges?

“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.’” – Exodus 3:7

Bullshit!  God is NOT concerned.  As THE creator of all, He knew this was going to happen yet did nothing to stop it until the people were suffering horribly.  That is the exact opposite of concern!

“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:10

Does God step in and help the Israelites?  Nope.  Instead, God sends Moses to do His dirty work.  LOL!

“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.’” – Exodus 3:12

God has said He’d be with a lot of people and yet those people continued to suffer.  Don’t listen Moses!

“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.’” – Exodus 3:14

I don’t care if these are biblical times or not.  There is no sane person who would believe Moses if this is what they heard.  The all-mighty, all-powerful, amazing God only has this to offer?  Nope, God is NOT concerned for the Israelites if this is all He is willing to do!

“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.” – Exodus 3:17

Something tells me these people who already live in this land will not find the Israelites peaceful.  Just a hunch.  🙂

“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.” – Exodus 3:19-20

This is amazing!  God, who supposedly has the power to do everything and anything, recognizes the Egyptians will not let Moses and his people go.  Instead of altering the minds of the Egyptians, as an all-powerful God could easily do, God says he will strike the Egyptians with wonders.  Spoiler alert:  He means that He will kill many Egyptians.  An all-powerful God has to resort to killing to get Moses free of the Egyptians?  Seriously?

“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 3:21-22

And if that isn’t enough, God is going to steal from the Egyptians and give to Moses and his people!  Come on Christians!  Read your Bible!  Your God is NOT good and it’s right there in the ‘good’ book you say you read!

To sum up Exodus Chapter 3, God calls on Moses as a burning bush and commands Moses to lead his people out of Egypt.  To do so, God will kill and steal from the Egyptians.  A great set of morals to learn from the Bible.  What is it Christians always say?  You can’t be good without God?  I think the statement is really “You can’t be good WITH God!”

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 4:  Signs for Moses

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