Sermon 13 June 2: Exodus 3:1-10 – Transition “From Solitary Shepherd to Sent Savior”

Discussion/Reflection questions: What is the strangest “natural” phenomenon you have ever seen? Have you ever had a “holy ground” experience where you felt God what there? What made it sacred to you? Why might God have chosen to get Moses’ attention with a burning bush? Why not just speak to him? What unique “unnatural” characteristic is there to the burning of the bush? What would you call the kind of relationship God is initiating with Moses here? (equal partners?, boss-employee?, Military command?, etc.) In 7-10 God makes a request of Moses. How does he respond? (11ff) Why? What is Moses most uncertain about… God? Or himself? What reassurances does God give him?

This sermon raised the question “How does God get your attention?” and “Do we know how to look for God at work? God calling us?” We looked at how God begins to act on his noticing the struggle of a people he had made covenant promises to, and how God comes and meets Moses in an unusual event. He acts in God’s way, not Moses’ way. Not Pharaoh’s way. Not the world’s way. This is an important lesson for us to learn. Last week Moses learned not to run ahead of God and use force right away, like Pharaoh did. This is a new layer of learning. Moses paid attention, and got curious, not running in fear. And he has a conversation with the Presence of God. We noticed how God adjusts the plan to make it work for Moses, who raises several objections. THe sermon closed off with some reminders about the need to watch for God signaling, and to become curious, to risk a little, and when God puts a call on our hearts and minds, to say “Here I Am Lord, use me.”