This is Lesson 6 in the I AM study. Please join us at any time at The Preacher's Wife.
I get a daily devotional from John Fischer called "Catch of the Day". Last week he talked specifically about the whole burning bush scene. I thought that it might add to the study we were doing - so I have included a copy of it here or you can link to the full text here and read the comments.
by John Fischer
When God met Moses through a burning bush, He told him to take off his shoes because He was standing on holy ground. I've been thinking about that holy ground lately and wondering why God had Moses remove his shoes. In my research I came upon the teachings of a few rabbis whom I would assume have the inside track on the cultural meaning of this practice. I found there were not one, but a number of possible explanations.
One possibility is to symbolically remove the dust and dirt (contamination) from the world so as to enter the holy place. The priests in the temple remove their shoes in this manner. Another was the idea of humility. One rabbi remarked how Jews cover their heads as a sign of respect, but uncover their feet. That would seem to indicate to both humility and vulnerability.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber commented about that vulnerability. "With shoes, one can walk over stones, glass, water, even fire and not feel a thing. Without shoes, one can feel everything. Step on the slightest protrusion, even a little Lego, and the pain climbs right up the spine."
If you're going to be a leader... you must remove the insulation that you wear to protect yourself.... It will hurt but you must be able to feel every bump, every nick and cranny; you must be able to feel the pain. A person who is responsive to external conditions or stimulation is a person who will be susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others. It is this individual who can develop a meaningful relationship."
1. How current is your God? Is he up to date on all your issues or do you have old hurts you still hold behind your back?
I think that for once I can say that my old issues are laid to rest in God's forgiving hands. Every once in awhile I am reminded of my past and must revisit to move forward. He leads me through the landmines of my life and allows me to see the truth and to be okay with that. My God is working today - presently and always.
2. Has the enemy ever told you there are situations that are 'old news' that are better left stuffed down? Or perhaps because they were so long ago they can't possibly be affecting you now?
As I have mentioned in other posts, I continue to deal with having a child out of wedlock. My husband and I have never been married without a child around. We talk about life after children (sort of - they never really leave). This particular "sin" will affect me my whole life.
Maybe I don't mind talking about it now because the results are good. I also know that certain things I must deal with in the company of really good friends. I don't ever want to be false, but I don't want to "throw my pearls before swine" either. There is always a balance.
3. In the matter of established authority, does God truly reign in your life? Where are you when He calls your name?
Most of the time, yes. God is the center of my life. Yet, I feel like I fill my life with busyness. I am working on not being busy just for something to do, but to be ready when He calls my name.
4. Do you ever feel God has forgotten you in your 'west side of the wilderness'?
Not anymore. It seems that it is usually me that has walked away from Him to be in that wilderness. God always finds me, but it is me that walked away in the first place, not God.
5. Have you ever experienced a time of cleansing where God has illuminated and rejuvenated you? If not, do you find you are in need of this now?I think I have done that many times - times when I really felt the hand of God. And guess what? It usually occurred during the valleys of my life - when life was really hard. It isn't as monumental as when I was younger, but I still have times where I cry - literally cry - out to Jesus and thank him for "cleansing" me. It never gets old to be reminded of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
Hope you have a great week! I am going to go see what the rest of you said.