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The Voice From The Bush

After a long time the king of Egypt died. Moses was taking care of the
flock of Jethro his wife's father. Once he led the flock to the other
side of the pasture and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the
angel of Jehovah appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a
thorn bush. As he looked, the bush flamed up without being burned. Moses
said, "I will stop here and see this wonderful sight, why the bush is
not burned up."

When Jehovah saw that Moses stopped to look, he called to him from the
midst of the bush, "Moses, Moses." Moses answered, "Here am I." Then God
said, "Do not come near; take your shoes off your feet, for the place
where you are standing is holy ground." He also said, "I am the God of
your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob." Then Moses covered his face; for he was afraid to look upon

But Jehovah said, "I have certainly seen the suffering of my people who
are in Egypt and have heard their cry of distress because of their
taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. I have come down to rescue them
from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land into
a land that is beautiful and wide, to a land with plenty of milk and
honey. I have heard the cry of the Israelites and I have seen how they
suffer at the hands of the Egyptians. Come now, I will send you to
Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt."

But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and should
bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" He answered, "I will surely be with
you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you
have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God upon this

Then Moses said to God, "If I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The
God of your forefathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is
his name?' what shall I answer them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHAT I
AM"; and he said, "Declare to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'
Go and gather the leaders of Israel together and say to them, 'Jehovah
the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has
appeared to me and said, I have surely remembered you and have seen what
is being done to you in Egypt, and I have declared that I will bring you
up out of the suffering in Egypt to a land with plenty of milk and
honey.' They will listen to your voice; and you, together with the
leaders of Israel, shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him,
'Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, has appeared to us. Now let us go
three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may offer a sacrifice
to Jehovah our God.' But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you
go unless he is made to do so by a mighty power. Therefore I will use my
power and overwhelm Egypt with all the marvellous deeds that I will do
there. After that he will let you go."

Moses said to Jehovah, "O, Lord I am not able to speak well; for I am
slow to speak and slow in saying what I think." Jehovah said to him,
"Who has given man a mouth? Or who makes one deaf or dumb, or blind or
able to see? Is it not I, Jehovah? Now go, and I will be with you and
teach you what you shall say; and your brother Aaron shall speak for you
to the people."

Then Moses went back to Jethro, his wife's father, and said to him,
"Let me go again to my people in Egypt to see whether they are still
alive." Jethro answered Moses, "Go, with my blessing."

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