Claiming Holy Ground Exodus 3: 1-6 (Part 1)
The man Moses was on the forefront of an assignment and a responsibility that has not been matched by any other event in human history. You probably know most if not all of the story. As God was preparing Moses for the assignment, He introduced Moses to several aspects of understanding the holy. The Bible says that the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9: 10). Moses would certainly need an abundance of understanding for the task before him.
Let the lessons begin. God attracted Moses to a bush that was burning but was not being consumed (Exodus 3: 2). It was a miraculous appeal. As Moses approached the bush, God called him by name and instructed him not to come any closer because the place where you [are] stand[ ing] is holy ground.
God never treats that which is holy with an unholy casualness. Care must be taken to understand and honor the distinctive nature of the sacred. Claiming holy ground is an honor beyond measure. It is a process for which no human writes the rules. There are more lessons to learn here.
Claiming holy ground is not dependent upon our position in life. At the time of this encounter with God Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law. That is not a position of professional prestige. Moses did not even own the flock. Let this message be clear. Our opportunity to approach God, to approach “holy ground,” is not a privilege reserved for human prestige. We must never put our self off limits for the call of God to occupy holy ground.
Claiming holy ground is often enhanced by our separation from the distractions of life. Moses was on “the backside of the desert.” Life there was neither cluttered nor fast. The side-shows that often appeal to human lust were not competing for attention. The bleating noise of the tempters was scarce.
It is true that earth-bound humans can never fully escape the seduction of evil. However, there is often a remarkable opportunity in “the backside of the desert” to free ourselves from the constant bombardment of the evil seductions of an ungodly culture.
It was in such a setting that God got Moses’ attention and directed him in the claiming of holy ground. Do you need a trip to the desert today? Dr. Robert L. Alderman is a popular speaker at America’s Keswick and a contributor to Real Victory Volumes 1 & 2
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 2625-2651). . Kindle Edition.
Think About This: To worship, men must get down to the deepest thing in their personality, spirit and truth. There must be honesty; there must be reality-by tearing off the mask and compelling you to face your own life. G. Campbell Morgan
Verses to Memorize: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 ESV