Biblical Heritage of Christianity
The story of Moses and the burning bush is an illustration of paying attention to God. Moses seemed not to notice the presence of God until he came closer to the Bush. The presence of the burning bush attracted Moses, and God had the chance to direct Moses of how to rescue Israelites from the oppressions of Egyptians. God loves his people, and his mercifulness pressured him to look for ways to liberate them from their oppressors. Although Moses was not courageous enough, God promised to be with him. By using Moses, God depicted that human being have the capacity to act right through motivation. Human imaginations are not superior enough to realize that God can appear to people in any way.
God has a divine self-disclosure. He is capable of revealing himself to his people as God, with no space for rational doubtfulness (Dumsday 36). He presumably revealed himself indirectly through a visible sign – the burning bush – and could have done it in other ways. He could have hidden Himself in the bush without burning it, or he could have called Moses on a mountain, but he opted to use the burning bush. He wanted to attract Moses’ attention, and since he knew humans’ hearts are doubtful. He carefully chose the appropriate way to convince Moses that he was the true God. Although Moses did not see God, he heard his voice, and God revealed to Moses who he was. God was contemplating on setting up a civil society with an organized religion that would bring people closer to him.
God understand people’s situations and is always keen to assist them. He was touched by the plight of Israelites. The cry of Israelites reminded him of the covenant that he made with their ancestors concerning their blessings and curses. God knew that Egypt was not their land; hence, they had to leave the foreign land to the Promised Land. By mentioning Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God wanted to remind Moses of the covenant that he made with the ancestors of Israelites. Thus, whatever God was to do was not a new plan to Israelites. He already had a personal interest in the Israelites, although Israelites seemed not to understand this. Although God is not answerable to anyone, he knows how to seek justice to the oppressed and vulnerable.
It is quite hard to believe in unseen spirit, and it is equally hard to convince other people to believe in the same spirit. Having revealed who He was, God wanted Moses to convince Israelites that He was indeed their God, and should obey whatever Moses would tell them. Moses has no choice but to obey God’s word. Moses knew the difficulty he would face while trying to convince Pharaoh to let Israelites leave Egypt and, thus, he wanted a further assurance that God would be with him. God also knew that Israelites might suffer along the way; hence, he assured Moses that Israelites would not leave Egypt empty-handed.
Every individual is important before God’s eyes. Moses was a mere shepherd, who took care of his uncle’s sheep, when God called him. When God chose Moses to go and negotiate with Pharaoh over the release of Israelites from slavery, he knew Moses was not bold enough to talk to the king, but he was determined to use him in this mission. This depicts that God does not care about human’s strength: He can use anyone to accomplish his mission. He promised to accompany Moses throughout the mission and convince the elders of Israel to listen to him.
God’s nature is eternal: he does not change with time. He was the same God in the time of Abraham, in the time of Isaac, and in the time of Jacob. He declared that he was the LORD and “This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation” (Exodus 3:15 NIV). He was still the same when Israelites moved to Egypt, and He remained the same even as he promised Moses to rescue Israelites from the slavery of Egyptians. God knew that the foundation of a new nation with a biblical heritage was in the hands of Moses and the process of establishing a morally and spiritual society had kicked off. Therefore, he had to live up to his words.
In conclusion, it is justifiable to say that God has diverse ways of manifesting himself to his people, and, even though they do not plead with him, he is ready to rescue them from problems. God does not necessarily have to appear to human beings as he did to Moses, but his presence is revealed when people opt to act according to the moral law. The moral law surpasses the natural order, which subsequently reveals that there exists a motivating force behind the physical world that drives people to act morally right (Dumsday 42). God’s promise is forever, and this was revealed when he chose Moses to rescue Israelites to go to the Promised Land.
Dumsday, Travis. “C. S. Lewis on the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” Anglican Theological Review 97.1 (2015): 33-51. Academic Search Premier. Web. 26 May 2015.