Exodus 3 Outline
– Moses encountered a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-3)
– God called Moses from within the burning bush (Exodus 3:4)
– God told Moses to take out his sandals and Moses hid his face (Exodus 3:5-6)
– God told Moses about his concern for the Israelites and he commanded him to go and lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:7-10)
– Moses tried to avoid God’s command by saying he is nothing but God said he will be with him (Exodus 3:11-12)
– Moses asked God what should he said if he people asked who sent him and he shall tell them I AM sent him (Exodus 3:13-15)
– God instructed Moses to go to assemble the elders and go to Pharaoh and asked him to let the Israelites go (Exodus 3:16-17)
– Pharaoh will be stubborn at first and God will punish them through the miracles performed by Moses (Exodus 3:18-20)
– Every Israelite woman will ask her Egyptian neighbor for valuable articles before leaving (Exodus 3:21-22)
Exodus 3 Summary
Moses was tending his father in law, Jethro’s flock, on the mountain of Horeb, when he came upon a burning bush. The burning bush amazed Moses because it looked as if it was on fire but it was not burning. When God saw that Moses had come to the bush to see it, he called out to him and Moses replied, ‘Here am I.’ God instructed Moses to remove his sandals because he was standing on holy ground. When Moses heard God calling him, he shunned his face because he was afraid of looking at him.
Then, God told Moses about his concern for his people, the Israelites, in Egypt. God commanded Moses to go and lead the Israelites out of Egypt but Moses tried to shrug the responsibility by giving excuse that he is no one. But God told Moses that he will be with him.
God gave Moses a sign that they will come back to the mountain of Horeb to worship him. Moses then asked God what should he said if he tell the people that the God of your fathers sent him. God replied Moses that he should tell them ‘I AM THAT I AM’ has sent him. Moses should tell them ‘I AM’ has sent him. God said he will be called ‘I AM’ forever. God instructed Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey, which is Canaan, which was currently being occupied by the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Moses was instructed to go to Pharaoh along with the elders and asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go so that they can take a 3 day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to God. God told Moses that Pharaoh will be stubborn at first so that he may perform miracles through him to punish them until he let the Israelites go. When Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go, the Israelite women will ask her neighbor for valuable articles including silver, gold, and clothing.
Exodus 3 Bible Study
1. There is a time for everything
Moses was not called to be the deliverer of the Israelites until he was 80 years old. Moses stayed in Egypt for 40 years before he fled to Midian. He lived in Midian for another 40 years. When he encountered the burning bush, he was 80 years old. There is a time and season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Ecclesiastes 8:6). Every incident in this world happen at God’s timing. We must be patient in waiting for God to fulfill his promise in our lives. Sometimes, it can take a very long time but God always keep his promise and fulfill it in our lives. In Romans 5:4-5, suffering produces perseverance. Perseverance produces character. Character produces hope. In Romans 2:7, to those who by continuance patient do good seek glory, honor, and immortality, God will give eternal life.
2. Respect God
When Moses came near the burning bush, God commanded him to take off his sandals because the ground where he was standing was holy. When we come before God, we must respect him by taking care every bit detail (Proverbs 24:21; Deuteronomy 13:4; 2 John 1:6; Deuteronomy 6:13). For example, when you are at the church, you should not eat or drink or play games or read books or do other things. On the Sabbath day, we must respect God by observing it and not buying or selling (Nehemiah 10:31; Deuteronomy 5:14; Jeremiah 17:21; Mark 10:19). You should not buy unless it is necessary (Matthew 12:1-14).
3. Obey God’s calling
Moses tried to avoid God’s calling by giving excuses. First, he said he is nothing and the Israelites won’t listen to him. Second, he said he don’t know what to say if the Israelites asked him who sent him. When God call you to do something, you must be obedient and follow his calling. In Jeremiah 29:11, God has a wonderful plan for every one of us and we must walk in it.
4. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow
When Moses asked what should he say when the Israelites ask who sent him, God replied he shall say I AM WHO I AM sent him. I AM WHO I AM is a self identifying name of God. God is never changing. He is always the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). God is self existent. He is the creator of this universe and he is our creator. He is always faithful in keep his promises.