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Exodus 2: 11-15

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.


We can learn a lot from the story of Moses. One of which was God’s purpose on Moses’ life. Moses was an educated man (Acts 7:22). Yet in order to use Moses, God had to remove him from the distractions of Egypt so that God could begin his work in and through him. 


Exodus 3: 1-6

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.


When God wants to communicate with you, he will take you out of an environment, relocate you, so he can get your attention. When God wanted to communicate with Moses, he sent him to Horeb. To get Moses’ attention, God showed him fire.


When God has a special purpose for our lives, He will take us away from influences and out of environments that will keep us from hearing Him. This is important because we need to know and learn how to recognize the voice of God. God will never mislead us but if we don’t know how to recognize His voice, we could be influenced by the voice of someone else. 


The name Moses means “drawn out of water.” What pools are you swimming in?

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All scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible unless otherwise noted