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Day 28 – The Burning Bush


Exodus 3

1 Moses was looking after the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led it to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

2 The angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a flame blazing from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing, but the bush was not being burnt up.

3 Moses said, ‘I must go across and see this strange sight, and why the bush is not being burnt up.’

4 When Yahweh saw him going across to look, God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ he answered.

5 ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

6 I am the God of your ancestors,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

7 Yahweh then said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying for help on account of their taskmasters. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings.

8 And I have come down to rescue them from the clutches of the Egyptians and bring them up out of that country, to a country rich and broad, to a country flowing with milk and honey, to the home of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites.

9 Yes indeed, the Israelites’ cry for help has reached me, and I have also seen the cruel way in which the Egyptians are oppressing them.

10 So now I am sending you to Pharaoh, for you to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’

11 Moses said to God, ‘Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’

12 ‘I shall be with you,’ God said, ‘and this is the sign by which you will know that I was the one who sent you. After you have led the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’

13 Moses then said to God, ‘Look, if I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is his name?” what am I to tell them?’

14 God said to Moses, ‘I am he who is.’ And he said, ‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ‘

15 God further said to Moses, ‘You are to tell the Israelites, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaacand the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time, and thus I am to be invoked for all generations to come.

16 ‘Go, gather the elders of Israel together and tell them, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has appeared to me — the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob — and has indeed visited you and seen what is being done to you in Egypt,

17 and has said: I shall bring you out of the misery of Egypt to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a country flowing with milk and honey.”

18 They will listen to your words, and you and the elders of Israel are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, “Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, has encountered us. So now please allow us to make a three-days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to Yahweh our God.”

19 I am well aware that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is compelled by a mighty hand;

20 he will not let you go until I have stretched out my arm and struck Egypt with all the wonders I intend to work there.

21 ‘I shall ensure that the Egyptians are so much impressed with this people that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.

22 Every woman will ask her neighbour and the woman staying in her house for silver and golden jewellery, and clothing. In these you willdress your own sons and daughters, despoiling the Egyptians of them.’

Leviticus 2

1 ‘ “If anyone offers Yahweh a cereal offering, his offering must consist of wheaten flour on which he must pour wine and put incense.

2 He will bring it to the priests descended from Aaron; he will take a handful of the wheaten flour, some of the oil and all the incense, and this the priest will burn on the altar as a memorial, as food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.

3 The remainder of the cereal offering will revert to Aaron and his sons, an especially holy portion of the food burnt for Yahweh.

4 “When you offer a cereal offering of dough baked in the oven, the wheaten flour must be prepared either in the form of unleavened cakes mixed with oil, or in the form of unleavened wafers spread with oil.

5 “If your offering is a cereal offering cooked on the griddle, the wheaten flour mixed with oil must contain no leaven.

6 You will break it in pieces and pour oil over it. It is a cereal offering.

7 “If your offering is a cereal offering cooked in the pan, the wheaten flour must be prepared with oil.

8 “You will bring Yahweh the cereal offering thus prepared and present it to the priest; he will take it to the altar.

9 And from the cereal offering the priest will take the memorial and burn it on the altar, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.

10 The remainder of the cereal offering will revert to Aaron and his descendants: it is especially holy since it is taken from the food burnt for Yahweh.

11 “None of the cereal offerings which you offer to Yahweh must be prepared with leaven, for you must never include leaven or honey in food burnt for Yahweh.

12 You may offer them to Yahweh as an offering of first-fruits, but they will not make a pleasing smell if they are burnt on the altar.

13 You will put salt in every cereal offering that you offer, and you will not fail to put the salt of the covenant of your God on your cereal offering; to every offering you will add an offering of salt to your God.

14 If you offer Yahweh a cereal offering of first-fruits, you will offer it in the form of roasted ears of wheat or of bread made from ground wheat.

15 You will add oil to it and put incense on it; it is a cereal offering;

16 and from it the priest will burn the memorial with some bread and oil (and all the incense) as food burnt for Yahweh.” ‘

Leviticus 3

1 ‘ “If his sacrifice is a communion sacrifice, and if he offers an animal from the herd, be it male or female, whatever he offers before Yahweh must be unblemished.

2 He will lay his hand on the victim’s head and slaughter it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The priests descended from Aaron willthen pour the blood all around the altar.

3 He will offer part of the communion sacrifice as food burnt for Yahweh: the fat covering the entrails, all the fat on the entrails,

4 both kidneys, the fat on them and on the loins, the mass of fat which he will remove from the liver and kidneys.

5 The priests descended from Aaron will then burn this on the altar, in addition to the burnt offering, on the wood of the fire, food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh.

6 “If it is an animal from the flock which he offers as a communion sacrifice to Yahweh, be the animal that he offers male or female, it must be unblemished.

7 “If he offers a sheep, he will offer it before Yahweh,

8 he will lay his hand on the victim’s head and slaughter it in front of the Tent of Meeting; the priests descended from Aaron will then pour its blood all around the altar.

9 Of the communion sacrifice he will offer the following as food burnt for Yahweh: the fat, all the tail taken off near the base of the spine, the fat covering the entrails, all the fat on the entrails,

10 both kidneys, the fat on them and on the loins, the mass of fat which he will remove from the liver and kidneys.

11 The priest will then burn this on the altar as food, as food burnt for Yahweh.

12 “If his offering is a goat, he will offer it before Yahweh,

13 he will lay his hand on the victim’s head and slaughter it in front of the Tent of Meeting, and the descendants of Aaron will then pour its blood all around the altar.

14 This is what he will then offer of it as food burnt for Yahweh: the fat covering the entrails, all the fat on the entrails,

15 both kidneys, the fat on them and on the loins, the mass of fat which he will remove from the liver and kidneys.

16 The priest will then burn these pieces on the altar as food burnt as a smell pleasing to Yahweh. “All the fat belongs to Yahweh.

17 This is a perpetual law for all your descendants, wherever you may live: that you will not eat either fat or blood.” ‘

Psalm 45

1 [For the choirmaster Tune: ‘Lilies . . .’ Of the sons of Korah Poem Love song] My heart is stirred by a noble theme, I address my poem to the king, my tongue the pen of an expert scribe.

2 Of all men you are the most handsome, gracefulness is a dew upon your lips, for God has blessed you for ever.

3 Warrior, strap your sword at your side, in your majesty and splendour advance,

4 ride on in the cause of truth, gentleness and uprightness. Stretch the bowstring tight, lending terror to your right hand.

5 Your arrows are sharp, nations lie at your mercy, the king’s enemies lose heart.

6 Your throne is from God, for ever and ever, the sceptre of your kingship a sceptre of justice,

7 you love uprightness and detest evil. This is why God, your God, has anointed you with oil of gladness, as none of your rivals,

8 your robes all myrrh and aloes. From palaces of ivory, harps bring you joy,

9 in your retinue are daughters of kings, the consort at your right hand in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, my daughter, attend to my words and hear; forget your own nation and your ancestral home,

11 then the king will fall in love with your beauty; he is your lord, bow down before him.

12 The daughter of Tyre will court your favour with gifts, and the richest of peoples

13 with jewels set in gold. Clothed

14 in brocade, the king’s daughter is led within to the king with the maidens of her retinue; her companions are brought to her,

15 they enter the king’s palace with joy and rejoicing.

16 Instead of your ancestors you will have sons; you will make them rulers over the whole world.

17 I will make your name endure from generation to generation, so nations will sing your praise for ever and ever.

Thoughts and Reflection

Today in Exodus we learn about the burning bush which God reveals himself to Moses. When God reveals his name to Moses, he is conveying a personal relationship with his people. Moses is hesitant and uncertain when the Lord tells him to go to Pharaoh.

When Moses meets with Pharaoh and tells him to set Isreal free to worship the Lord, he gives people even more work. The people start to turn on Moses for making their lives harder, not easier.

The Lord tells us that we were never meant to be slaves, we are meant to be free so we can belong to him and worship him. We need to make time in our lives to allow us the freedom to worship him.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!


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