Claiming Holy Ground Exodus 3: 1-6 (Part 4)
Amazing truths are revealed in the journey Moses experienced to his burning bush encounter with God. Some of those truths have formed the theme for this series of devotional thoughts on claiming holy ground.
Please recall that when Moses saw the bush that was burning without being consumed he said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt (Exodus 3 :3). When God saw what Moses was doing He announced to Moses that the place where he was standing was holy ground. That experience with holy ground changed the entire nature of this encounter. We are here considering some of the factors involved in claiming holy ground.
Claiming holy ground means that we are willing to be approached by a messenger of God.
This is what Moses needed to know at the outset. And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Moses) in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush (v. 2).
At this point of the journey we do not know if Moses had even heard the description of “holy ground.” But now he was soon to learn that claiming holy ground is not a self-directed tour. It is not a course for which we draw the map and make the rules. It is not a casual wandering in which we visit the points of personal interest and avoid those in which we have little or no interest.
We may not always know what the angel of the Lord is going to do – or say – or require. That in itself has proven to be frightening to some who are not sure they really want to finish this journey. Questions arise: How long is this journey? How difficult? Is the road narrow? Is holy ground a place of permanence? What happens if we become uncomfortable? Does God cut any slack with our desire for human diversity? Is God really narrow in His view of holiness? What does it mean that the angel appeared in a flame of fire? (More on that in Part 5.)
We have no record that Moses raised these questions. Perhaps he had witnessed enough in his life to know that there was a great need for an encounter with the supernatural. Perhaps he had witnessed enough of human depravity to investigate the unusual in what became known as the mountain of God. Dr. Robert L. Alderman is a popular speaker at America’s Keswick and a contributor to Real Victory for Real Life Volumes 1-2
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Think About This: The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts. I solemnly state this from the experience of fifty-four years. The first three years after conversion I neglected the Word of God. Since I began to search it diligently the blessing has been wonderful. I have read the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight. Each time it seems like a new book to me. Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God. George Muller
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