09-06-15 The Law-Giver: The Burning Bush

This has been a crazy week.  It’s been a good one, but a crazy one.  Hopefully, this Sunday Morning Update finds you well-rested after your three-day weekend.

Before I forget, let me invite all of you to our kick-off for Sunday School this coming Sunday.  Sunday School classes for all ages start at 9:00 here (and I’m pretty sure that most of us get going earlier than that for work and for school every weekday, so that can’t be too much of a hardship for people).  We have classes designed for pre-schoolers, for High Schoolers, for Adults, and all of the demographics in-between, so please come join us as we interactively work through God’s truth, and how He connects with each of us in the place-in-life in which we find ourselves.  For the elementary schoolers, that may be learning how to live like a Christian amongst their friends; for junior high kids, that may be learning how to take a stand for their faith and live it out under pressure; for adults, that may be learning the complexities of being a Christian in a complicated, ever-changing world.  But all of us can be enriched by connecting with one another and learning from one another each week at Sunday School.

Oh, and as I told everyone on Sunday, I still have some free tickets to the upcoming Great Oaks Camp Banquet on October 8, so if you’d like to join us and meet former baseball great Darryl Strawberry, please let me know as soon as possible, and you can join us.

In our message this week, we continued our new series, looking at the life and ministry of the Lawgiver, Moses.  This time, we talked a little bit about the classic “burning bush” story (which, when you think about it, is kind of a bad name for the story, what with the fact that the one thing that the bush didn’t do was burn).

As amazing as it must have been for Moses to have seen that miraculous bush burning out on the slopes of Mount Horeb, it had to have been even more jarring to hear God’s voice coming from the bush, calling him by name.  God made it totally clear that He knew precisely who Moses was, and that He knew precisely what was going on in Egypt, and that He knew precisely how He was planning to make use of Moses to change all of that.

But even so, Moses wasn’t having any of it.  Yes, he had thought that he could be the deliverer of his people at one point... but that had been forty years earlier.  He’d lived an entire lifetime over again since then, and was an elderly man by this point.  Surely God didn’t actually know precisely what He was doing when He’d asked Moses to be His ambassador...

So Moses informed God that he really wasn’t special enough to do God’s special work.  He let God know that he didn’t have all of the answers to their theological questions.  He worried about what would happen if people didn’t believe what he was telling them.  He reminded God that he wasn’t outgoing, or much of a public speaker.  And finally, he just flat-out asked God to send someone else to do it.

Now, here’s the sticky bit:  have you and I ever found ourselves thinking those same things, when God asks us to step out to be ambassadors to the people around us?  Go back and re-read that last paragraph and think about the kinds of mindsets that have hampered our own ability to minister.  Do we ever find ourselves coming up with reasons why we aren’t really the best people for God to use?

And if that was wrong for Moses to do, how smart is it for us to try to justify it?