The Bible says God used a thorny bush which burned without being burnt up to manifest himself to Moses, as no human being could look at the Almighty directly.
We humans are often motivated to change only when we see the consequences of our actions.
We who follow Jesus Christ have also been made priests (Revelation 1:6).
Strengthening the church in the face of a troublesome trend.
Art forms are a powerful vehicle for spreading the knowledge of Christ.
The Israelites in Moses’ time kept God at a distance and, if we are honest with ourselves, we often struggle with this today. Yet the promise remains: Come near to God and he will come near to you.
For some Christians ‘structure’ is a dirty word, being seen in opposition to the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. Yet there is structure all through the Bible.
Self-sufficiency weakens us, deprives us from support which we might have benefitted from, and widens the gap between our public persona and our private struggles.
The root of the opposition which we face is spiritual, so the weapons with which we counter it are spiritual too: Prayer, Faith, Acknowledgment of our reliance upon God – coupled with effort, strategising and resolution.
In Moses’s own language, the singular word for “onion” is bétsel, while the plural form is betsalim, which comes from the root batsal, meaning “to peel”.
Moses is silent, then acts on what he hears from the Lord, and so experiences one of the most remarkable deliverances the world has ever seen (Exodus 14:19-31).
Are there witches or people practising magic today, or is it all one big hoax or delusion?
I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.
Exodus 4:24-26: Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!
Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.
In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.
How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?
Did Moses go bonkers?
A couple of years ago a Syrian pastor from Damascus preached at my church and told us a story that I will never forget.
How will we react if God calls us to take a step of faith which could have drastic consequences?
Some lessons from Moses' intercessory prayer.
We too feel picked up by the scruffs of our necks by the same God of Abraham.