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John Stanton Introduction to the Bible Dr. Johnson March 19, 2007 Moses Exodus 3-6 What just happened to me? Today started like any other day, as I was caring for my father-in-laws herd. Little did I know what was about to happen. As I turned my head I could not help but realize a bush that was ablaze. I never expected this to be what it was, as I heard a voice speak from the bush, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). I couldn’t bear to look at this bush, for I cannot believe the Lord is talking to me. Did I do something to anger God? The Lord then started talking about the enslaved Israelites, whom I previously saw in grief, and I began to listen more closely. What God asked me to do next made my mind race. The Lord asked me, of all people, to lead the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt. So many emotions were going through me at once: fear, confusion, amazement, and many others. I had to ask the Lord how it would be possible that I, a man who previously fled from Egypt, could convince the Pharaoh to free the Israelites. God told me that he would be with me throughout the whole process and will make sure that nothing goes wrong. I know I need to trust the Lord, but I just couldn’t be convinced that nothing would go wrong and I could be killed by the Egyptians. What the Lord did next blew my mind. The Lord commanded me to throw my staff on the ground, which transformed into a snake. I was then told to put my hand into my cloak. When I pulled my hand out it was
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leprous, then I was told to do the same thing and my hand was back to normal. I could not believe what was happening to me. After these actions I was still reluctant to do what the Lord asked of me. I do not feel like I can take this responsibility. God did not seem happy with my lack of confidence. But how am I supposed to do this?
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