The story of Moses and the burning bush has me riveted just as it always has.
It’s a rich image throughout art and movies, and we think of the great quotes of the story, such as God’s commandment to remove our shoes because we are on holy ground, and God naming Godself as the Great I AM.
But when we go back and read the story carefully, there’s always some little detail that we hadn’t seen before that opens up new insight into the story and its meanings. That’s part of the richness of scripture.
The part that caught me this time around was the very first sentence: “Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
“He led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
That is one of the finest pieces of foreshadowing I have ever read.
Because it’s not just some literary device put in by a clever author.
God is helping Moses complete his mission before he’s even begun it.
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