11/11/18 – Presence – The God Who Stoops And Speaks

Exodus 3:1-6

1Now 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 the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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.

A. Moses is content with his new life as a shepherd and father in middle of nowhere Midian.
B. What the Burning Bush Tells Us about God:
1. God is not like anything or anyone else.
2. When God reveals Himself to us, it is for the purpose of drawing us to Himself.
3. To be near God we must be cleansed from our sins.
God always beats us to the punch in salvation.

A. If we know God in salvation, we have all had our own burning bush experience.
B. Until we see the holiness of God, we can’t understand what it means that we are a sinner.
C. We need more than to hear about God. We need an encounter with God in order to turn to Him.

1. God’s standard operating procedure is calling broken people on the backside of nowhere to Himself.
2. Through the cross God clears all our hurdles.
3. To be a church that honors God we must pursue those that God treasures even if the world calls them trash.

Exodus 3:7-4:17 God Saves, Shapes, and Sends Us