(3:1) "Jethro his father in law" |
Who was Moses' father-in-law?
God, disguised as a burning bush, has a long heart-to-heart talk with Moses.
Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?
(3:2) "The angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush."
(3:4) "God called unto him out of the midst of the bush."
Now Moses kept the flock
of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the
flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the
midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and
the bush was not consumed.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the
bush is not burnt.
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.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet,
for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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.||
Moses and the Burning Bush|
Domenico Feti (1613-14)
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which
are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I
know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and
to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land
flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the
Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:
and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.||
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest
bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.||
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that
I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?||
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto
thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of
Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.||
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel,
and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and
they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?||
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say
unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.||
(3:14) "Thus shalt thou say
unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."|
What is God's name?
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of
Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and
this is my memorial unto all generations.
Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The LORD
God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared
unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to
you in Egypt:||
(3:16) "The Lord ... appeared unto me."|
Has anyone ever seen God?
And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto
the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the
Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with
milk and honey.||
And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the
elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The
LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech
thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the
LORD our God.||
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a
And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which
I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.||
(3:20) "I will ... smite Egypt with all my wonders."
And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it
shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
But every woman shall
borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of
silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your
sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.||
(3:22) "Ye shall spoil the Egyptians."|
God tells the Hebrew women to break the eighth commandment. (Or the seventh if you're Catholic.)
Is it wrong to steal?