The Disruptive Wilderness!

Exodus 3:1-12, Common English Bible

Everyone has the capacity to hear from God!  It may not be audible, but God gains our attention in a variety of ways.  Being available is the prominent position we must take to have the opportunity to respond to God especially while we are in the wilderness.  Out in the wilderness, we find Moses stumbles upon “the mountain of God” known as Mount Horeb.

Experience the wilderness lately?  In the ancient world, mountaintops were the traditional dwelling places for the divine.  There, at the mountain, Moses encounters an undeniable and unquenchable burning bush.  Fire is a common biblical symbol of God’s divine presence.  The fiery, yet unconsumed, bush is an icon of the divine, a material or sacramental window into God’s presence that both reveals and hides.  In part, the ever-burning shrub out in the wilderness signals God’s merciful accommodation.  God comes down from the mountain of God to meet Moses in the bush.

Why does God cause such an intentional disruption?  Every divine disruption has a deliberate order.

First, there is the call!
When the Lord saw that he was coming to look, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”  Moses said, “I’m here.”   Exodus 3:4

Second, there is clarity!
“Now the Israelites’ cries of injustice have reached me.  I’ve seen just how much the Egyptians have oppressed them.”   Exodus 3:9

Finally, there is the cause!
 “So get going.  I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”   Exodus 3:10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Disruption causes new direction!”

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