Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 5-8-20

Exodus 3:1-12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back or west side [toward the Shekinah] of the wilderness and came to Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God.

2 The Angel of the Lord [Lord himself] appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed.

3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside [from the flock] and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.

4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I.

5 God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet [barefoot], for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

In our passage today, Moses enjoys a fireside chat [a burning bush conversation] with his holy Maker. Curiosity takes Moses to encounter his destiny—to be a source of good to others. Before he gains his orders from the Lord, Moses has to meet God’s requirement for drawing near to his holiness; he must be barefoot [take off his sandals].

This reminds us of the Last Supper before Christ’s crucifixion and how the Lord washed the disciples feet. He said, “Unless I wash you, you will not be able to share life with me” (John 13:8). Like Moses, you and I want to share in life with God. Jesus washes us with the Spirit and makes us clean before God. To be washed is to be submitted to the will and way of Christ—to respect our holy God and to allow the Lord to bring good to us and cause us to be a source of good to others. So, run barefoot with Jesus, today. He has created and cleansed you to live in his holy presence [his Shekinah or glory].

Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting me into your presence and equipping me each day to live for you. Be blessed and exalted in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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