In this frequently asked question (FAQ), we are going to answer the question: why did God call Moses at the burning bush?
But before we move on to answer this question, let us outline the bible verse where God called Moses at the burning bush.
Bible verse about God calling Moses at the burning bush.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.Exodus 3:1-2.
But before we look into why God called Moses at the burning bush, let us briefly look at the life of Moses right from the start.
A short biography of Moses according to the Bible.
Moses’ birth and parentage.
The story of Moses begins in Exodus chapter 2, where a man from the tribe of Levi got married to a woman of his tribe.
And she gave birth to a fine baby boy during the time that Pharoah commanded that all the baby boys born during that time should be killed.
But because Moses was a very fine boy, his mother would not let him be killed so she hid him in a basket by the river bank where Pharoah’s daughter normally goes to take her bath.
That was how Pharoah’s daughter found Moses and adopted him.
As God would have it, Moses, even though he was a Hebrew; was raised in Pharoah’s household.
Moses escapes to Midian.
Now when Moses was grown up, he saw how his people were maltreated and began to feel pity for them.
So as he was walking by one day, he happened upon an Egyptian killing a Hebrew, so he killed the Egyptian and buried his body in the sand.
Another day he saw 2 Hebrews fighting, and when he tried to separate them; by letting them know they were one flesh and blood and shouldn’t fight each other; one of them inquired if he was going to kill him as he did the Egyptian the other day.
That was when Moses knew that trouble was looming on him, because; Pharoah will soon find out that he murdered an Egyptian; and will order for him to be killed.
And for that reason he escaped to Midian.
In Midian he met with a man named Jethro, who gave his daughter Zipporah’s hand in marriage to him; and from thence Moses lived in his father’s in-law household.
And that is when we come to our scriptural text where God calls Moses by the burning bush.
Why did God call Moses at the burning bush?
All the thing that transpired in the life of Moses, since birth; was meant to prepare him for the task ahead.
And that task was leading the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
So, therefore, God called Moses at the burning bush to send him on a mission to deliver the children of Israel from slavery in the land of Egypt.
Below are the signs that build-up to the call of Moses.
- First God programmed him to be raised in the Egyptian household, and this was meant to convince Pharoah that Moses was practicing the magic he learned in the Egyptian household; when he gave him God’s message to let the children of Israel to go to their father’s land.
- Even though Moses was raised as an Egyptian, he still felt for his people whenever he saw them suffering at the hands of the Egyptians. And so he was looking for a way to save them.
- At first, he thought killing the Egyptians, who were maltreating a Hebrew; was the way he was going to deliver his people. Not knowing that God was doing this to cause his movement from the Egyptian household; so the mission he has for him can begin.
- Finally, Moses was able to carry out every instruction given to him by God to finally lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Moses became one of the greatest prophets of all time; because, he answered God’s call and carried out every instruction given by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Through Moses, one of the greatest religions on earth, Judaism; came directly from God to human beings.
And from Judaism came the one religion that holds the key to the human plan of salvation, Christianity.
As Jesus Himself noted in John 5:46, Moses foresaw His coming.