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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1–12
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. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your 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 at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” (NRSV)

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” is a response worth considering. I like it for the humility Moses showed in the face of God. I do not consider it a response of resistance, rather a response from one who knows his people’s history—and the power God has exhibited.

If God were to ask me to do something (especially with a burning bush and such a strong voice), I’d like to think I’d be humble like Moses and not turn to hubris to think that “Yep, God. You’re right. Got it. I’m the best one for this and I’ll get right on it. Talk to you later.” I hope I wouldn’t elevate myself from my humanity and start singing this song from The Book of Mormon: The Musical:

“I’ve always had the hope
that on the day I go to heaven,
Heavenly Father will shake my hand and say:
“You've done an AWESOME job, [Maggie]!”

Rather I hope I know that God asks me because of who God is, not because of my own ambitions. Then I will be open to hear God’s comforting words, “I will be with you.”

Heavenly Father, remind me that I serve you for your glory and not my own. Amen.      

Written by Maggie Lewis, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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