Moses sees the burning bush and moves in to see and hear more. Sandals off, he listens to what God has to say:
I have seen the misery of my people…
I have heard them crying…
I am concerned about their suffering…
I have come down to rescue them….
All good news as far as Moses was concerned.
Until the punchline:
So now, go. I am sending you.
Moses starts back-pedalling at this and falls into an abyss of low self-esteem. He took quite a lot of persuading to agree to the plan. And quite a lot of support strategies were suggested.
I like the way that God is presented – seeing, hearing, having compassion and being active. I like to imagine the look on Moses’ face as he was nodding along to God’s I have/I am list – and then suddenly paling as he heard the command, “Go!”
To get out of his flustered state, and to visualise his speech to his own people, Moses tries to clarify who God is – and God responds with:
I AM WHO I AM.
Can’t argue with a tautology. It reminds me of Hamlet wondering whether or not “to be”.
God hadn’t really appeared in Exodus until the introduction to this incident. As a character here, he is very much personified – with eyes, ears, heart, will and existence.
God is concerned about oppression and injustice.
Over to us, then…