Exodus 31Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:
UHM...WHY ARE THESE GUYS -- JOSEPH AND MOSES-- MARRIED TO DAUGHTERS OF PRIESTS? GRANTED, MIDIAN IS A DESCENDANT OF ABRAM AND PROBABLY SOMEHOW IN SOME WAY SERVES ABRAM'S GOD...OR MAYBE NOT. BUT WHY? BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMCISION TO COME?
and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2And 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.\
OKAY, SO THIS IS NO REGULAR BUSH FIRE AND MOSES MUST HAVE LOOKED AT IT LONG ENOUGH TO REALIZE THIS.
3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
THEN HE GOES ONE STEP FURTHER TO LOOK.
4And 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.
5And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6Moreover 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.
GOD IS GENERATIONAL BUT ALSO ALTHOUGH THE GOD OF ABRAHAM IS ETERNAL AND UNCHANGING. HE SHOWED HIMSELF SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY IN HIS FAITHFULNESS TOWARD ABRAHAM THAN TO ISAAC THAN TO JACOB. ETERNAL YET INDIVIDUALISTIC TOWARD US.
7And 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;
8And 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 Jebusites.
UHM, THIS IS WHERE I WOULD SAY: "EXCUSE ME, LORD, I KNOW I'M STEPPING AHEAD OF MYSELF AND OF YOU....BUT AREN'T THESE LANDS ALREADY INHABITED? AND REALLY, WHY SHOULD I TAKE THEIR LAND? CAN'T I HAVE A LITTLE NICHE OF MY OWN?" ON A PERSONAL CAREER NOTE, I WONDER HOW I WOULD BEHAVE IF GOD SAID TO ME: "I'LL GIVE YOU THE FANS AND FAME BELONGING TO JK ROWLING AND TO STEPHEN KING AND TO NEIL GAIMAN AND TO STEPHANIE MEIER. YEAH, OWNERSHIP OF ANOTHER'S LAND?"
9Now 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.
10Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
11And 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?
12And he GOD 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.
GOOD HEAVENS! DON'T YOU LOVE THIS KIND OF SIGN/TOKEN? YOU'LL KNOW I SENT YOU WHEN YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT I'M SENDING YOU OUT TO DO! SO THIS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE SIGN GOD GIVES LATER WITH THE ROD, LEPROSY, WATER.
13And 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?
14And 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.
LOVE THIS. GOD IS NEVER "I WAS." GOD IS NEVER "I WILL BE." HE IS ETERNALLY IN THE PRESENT. HE IS ETERNALLY IN THE PRESENT OF OUR FATHERS AND OUR ANCESTORS. AND HE DOESN'T LIMIT HIMSELF TO ANY DESCRIPTION OR PLACE OR TIME. INTERESTING THAT HE NEVER TOLD ABRAHAM OR THE OTHER PATRIARCHS HIS NAME. LATER ON IN EXODUS AT THE MOUNT OF THE COMMANDMENTS, HE TELLS THEM ONCE AGAIN THAT THEIR FATHERS DIDN'T KNOW HIS NAME BUT NOW THEY KNOW IT. WHY NOT? IS HIS NAME SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE TOLD TO ONE OR FEW PEOPLE? IS IT A NAME THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD WHEN A NATION IS CREATED? OR WOULD THE ISRAELITES HAVE TOTALLY MESSED UP HIS NAME BY THE TIME THEY WERE FINISHED, SURROUNDED AS THEY WOULD'VE BEEN BY HEBREW GODS?
15And 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.
SO....IS THE NAME FOR GENERATIONS "I AM"? OR IS THE NAME "THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, THE GOD OF ISAAC, THE GOD OF JACOB?" MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD DO THINK OF GOD AS THE GOD OF ABRAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB. AND THE MOSLEMS THINK OF HIM AS THE GOD OF ABRAM, ISHMAEL, AND MOHAMMED. FEW PEOPLE ACTUALLY CALL HIM YHVH.
16Go, 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:
17And 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.
18And 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.
CM: GOD DOESN'T LIE BUT HERE HE IS ASKING MOSES TO LIE. OKAY, YES, OTHER MEN OF GOD IN THE BIBLE HAVE LIED. SAMSON, THE MIDWIVES. SO LYING IS ACCEPTABLE IN SOME RESPECTS. BESIDES, GOD WILL MAKE GREATER DEMANDS LATER AND THINGS WILL ALL WORK OUT.
19And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
NICE TO KNOW THAT EVEN WHEN GOD WILLS A THING, THE CAPTORS WON'T OBEY. ONE HAS TO FIGHT AND TO PERSEVERE. BUT IN THE END, GOD WILL DO WONDERS!
20And 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.
REMINDS ME OF JESUS PREACHING TO THE CAPTIVES IN SHEOL. SHOW THE EVIL DESPOT YOUR GLORY, LORD.
21And 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.
22But 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
NEIGHBOR? I THOUGHT THE ISRAELITES LIVED BY THEMSELVES. SO THE "INTER-MINGLED PEOPLES" WERE LIVING AMONG THEM ALSO? WHAT DOES ONE NEED GOLD IN THE DESERT FOR? ESPECIALLY SINCE GOD MADE THEM LOSE ALL THIS STUFF LATER?