Prayer: O God, teach me through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
…for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. (v. 5)
Our devotion writer reminds us with her story about three-year-old Heidi, that we need to be aware that we often walk on holy ground. In one sense, all of creation is holy ground. This is why we look to God to live lives worthy of our respect of God and His wonders.
When Moses curiosity brought him to the burning bush, it was his introduction to the Creator in person. The first of many encounters that Moses had with God. One might think that Moses had visits from God every day. We know from Scripture that Moses talked with God often. And Moses learned to walk with God in his focus all the time. An example for us to follow. God told Moses that he was on holy ground and he should touch it only with his bare feet so that nothing was between his flesh and God. Like going barefoot on the beach we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, smell with our noses and fell with our bodies, even the soles of our feet.
Our devotion writer declares; “Holy ground lies beneath us. We remember then that we too are holy, that everyone and every place is holy. The sanctuary, the table, the kitchen, the bedroom floor, the park—all are holy ground. Holy ground for us to treasure and cherish.”
Prayer: “God, teach us to see your holiness all around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Moses at the Burning Bush
3 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. 2 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. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 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.” 5 Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 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.
7 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, 8 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. 9 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10 So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 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.”