Light a Candle to begin your prayer:
Almighty God open my mind and heart to your word as I read of your gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Read Exodus chapter 3 verses 1-12
‘Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Reflection on Bible Reading:
Now the promise of God, made to Abraham is placed upon a collection of 12 tribes, the people of Jacob or the Children of Israel, those who struggle with God. Jacob doesn’t die in the land of Canaan but in Egypt where he goes in order to escape a famine. The whole story of Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat is about all this. But, the biblical story doesn’t star Donny Osmond. After a while there is a regime change in Egypt and the new Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites, (the Children of Israel). Notice Moses is far from devout he says no to God, but after a bit of persuasion says yes. God through his first prophet, Moses saves the Israelites from slavery and takes them back to the Promised Land. A land called Israel. This is the single greatest event in the Old Testament, the Psalms mention it again and again, how God set Israel free. God promised Abraham to be the God of his descendants. Here, God makes good on his promise by setting Israel free. Despite Moses initial reluctance.
Pray this prayer aloud:
in your resurrection death is defeated
and everything is made new
Enable us to recognise you today
To build heaven on earth.