God’s mountain

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Exodus 2:23-3:12

23 And after many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the sons of Israel- and God knew. 3:1 At that time Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the desert and came to Horeb, God’s mountain. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and see, the bush was burning, but it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will go over to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the LORD saw that he went over to see, God called to him from the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “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 certainly seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. 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 extensive land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place now possessed by Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Periz-zites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, see, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may rescue my people, the sons of Israel, from Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and rescue the sons of Israel from Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this will be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have rescued the people from Egypt, you will serve God on this mountain.”

God’s mountain

It was not the mountain that made this even special, it was the event that made the mountain special. God spoke to Moses, and commissioned him to rescue the sons of Israel. He told him that they would leave Egypt and would serve God from that very place. That would be the place where God would reveal his commandments to Moses for Israel. It served as a sort of bookmark for Moses. No matter where he went and what he did, he would always remember encountering God at Horeb/Sinai.

The place where God first spoke to you is a special place. It is consecrated by the event.

LORD, thank you for the special places in our lives that remind us of our relationship with you, and your grace to us.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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