and the Burning Bush
grew up as a royal prince of Egypt, but he never forgot
where he came from or that he was an Israelite.
how badly the
Israelites were being treated by
the Egyptians. One day he saw an Egyptian beating an
Israelite slave and cried for the slave-driver to stop!
But the man continued to beat the slave. Moses became so
angry that he struck and killed the Egyptian.
the Pharaoh found out how Moses had taken the side of the
slave and acted against the Egyptians, he sent his soldiers to
kill Moses. Moses ran away and fled into the desert to a
place called Midian. A kind priest offered him food and
a place to stay. Moses stayed and married the priest's
daughter named Zipporah, and together they had a son.
God heard the cries of the Israelites and saw how badly they
were being treated. He decided that he would save them
from their bondage.
day, when Moses was out watching sheep he came to Sinai, the
holy mountain where he saw a bush that was on fire. He
thought this was very strange--the bush was covered with
flames, but it was not burning.
heard the voice of God coming from the burning bush. God
called to Moses and said, "Moses!
I am", said Moses. God heard the voice say that
Moses should take off his sandals, for he was standing on holy
ground and that it was God who was speaking to him.
was very afraid to look at God and he hid his face in his
was God then said that Moses should go back to Egypt and
tell the Pharaoh to set the Hebrews free so that they can
return to Israel. God said that He would be with him and
help him and that Moses would lead the Israelites out of
asked God, "Why would the Pharaoh listen to
answer, God turned the stick that Moses had been carrying into
a wriggling snake. God then told Moses to pick it up and
when Moses did so, the snake turned back into a stick
again. God said to Moses that if you perform this change
in front of the Pharaoh as well as other wonders, the Pharaoh
will pay attention to you.
as God had told him, Moses went to Egypt to try to save the
Israelites from slavery.
& the burning bush image courtesy of Phillip Martin at http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm
courtesy of Christians Unite @ www.christiansunite.com