Sunday Morning Podcast October 25, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: EXODUS 3:1-6

1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:and he led the flock of the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even Horeb.

2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

4 And 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.

5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off they feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

6 Moreover he said, I am the God of the 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.

The non consuming and burning bush here (Verse 2), is “a type” of Christ, that burns for us as faith in the midst of our trials.  Faith today, as then, is sometimes forgotten.  Israel had actually failed to recall who God really was, and what He had done for them.  A heart revival was needed.  When our trials are the hardest, is the opportune time when God can, and will, ..reveal Himself.  He can rebuild our faith when we need Him the most, and no matter what we are going through.  In this time of Moses life, he did not yet comprehend what, or how, God would demonstrate the reality of His great power.  So Moses had to listen to God’s voice (as we must today), to be revived to God’s full reality.

God asked Moses to take off his shoes, for the ground surrounding God, was holy (Exodus 3:5).  God’s ways are always holy, and supersede our own ways.  Moses’s shoes here represents our “attachments.”  Essentially God asked him to remove them to access His holy presence.  Today also, unless we set aside our own ways, religious or otherwise, we cannot be revived to the holy ways of God.   Moses when being revived to God’s presence, was instructed to also, revive the Israelites to His reality and power, (Exodus 3:14-17).  The Israelites needed to put away their idols, and false religious ways, so that through a rebuilt faith,  God only would be worshiped.  Without this kind of faith in God,  He will not manifest His power to help.  Only at this humbled point, can God really teach us.  Revived to an active faith.  An inactive faith could happen when a person through hard times and their own understanding, might slip away from it.  God doesn’t want you to lean on your own understanding, but be willing to have your faith revived to His ways of help and wisdom.

Rebuilding faith ..from the ground up.