Do you know the story of Moses and the burning bush? You can find it in Exodus 3. Let me try and set up the background a little to this story. Moses was in early retirement. He had come out of Egypt after unsuccessfully trying to help the Israelite people, he was now working for his father in-law, helping watch the sheep. When suddenly he found himself, out in the wilderness, all by himself, when a bush suddenly burst into flames and a voice started speaking out of it. The God appears in this flame and God speaks to Moses through this Burning Bush.
Why did God chose such a way to speak to Moses? When we read about these superhero Bible characters, we build them up greater than life, we think in our minds that they were amazing people, much better than us. We think that we could never have the courage which they have. We believe that we could never do the things which they do. We could never be used by God in the way ‘Great Moses was’ or ‘Paul’ or ‘Joseph’ or, or.. But I want to say to you, that this could not be further from the truth. The people who God used in the bible were not super extraordinary people, they were just normal people, just like us.
We are currently studying Hebrews 11 in my small group. Hebrews 11 is a great list of people who God used, but if we look at their lives we will see they are just ordinary people. Able was an ordinary young man who gave an excellent offering to the Lord. Enoch was an ordinary family man but pleased God. Noah was just living life when he built an ark because God asked him to. Abraham lived with his wife along with his dad, when God called him out of his country. Sarah was barren and full of doubt but gave birth to Isaac in her old age. Jacob was an ordinary father who played favourites with his sons. Joseph was a regular teenager who’s brothers were jealous and sold him into slavery, but God used all that was wrongly done to him for good when he became second in charge in Egypt. Moses was a normal Hebrew boy God used to deliver the people from crushing hand of Pharaoh. Joshua was an ordinary man with faith in God, so he led the people of God to defeat Jericho. Rahab was a common prostitute, yet she believed God and saved the Joshua’s spies. There are many more examples through out the Bible. The point is God used all these ordinary people, who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to fight the armies of the aliens (Hebrews 11:33-34).
This is why God went to such extraordinary means and lengths to try and speak to Moses. I mean why didn’t God just give him a dream, or send a prophet. He did all this supernatural stuff just to get a man’s attention?