4 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.”
5 Then He said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet,
for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
6 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.
Moses responded, “Here I am.” God told Moses to remove his sandals. It is because Moses is in the presence of the One, True and Living God who is Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! The land is holy because of God’s manifested presence and reverence is the proper response.
The Lord then identifies himself as the God of Moses ancestors, The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. I Am the God who remembers my covenant promises.
Moses gives a response of reverential fear as he hides his face for he knows it is true. He is in the presence of the Holy and Living God. Remember Isaiah 6, when the vision of God’s holiness caused Isaiah to be reminded of his sin which deserved judgment. He said, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” Then there is Peter in Luke 5. Jesus filled the boat with fish and Peter’s response was to fall down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me, for I a sinful man, O Lord.” The disciple realized as well that he was in the presence of the Holy God. When all was said and done with Job, his response was to declare “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6).” When God revealed himself to John the apostle (Revelation 1:17), John fell at His feet as dead which is again a response of reverential awe to seeing the glory of God.
All of this to say…God is God and we are not. We are privileged that He would so loved the world that He would give His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). The proper response to His love, grace, mercy is not to treat the Lord God Almighty, Supreme Ruler and Maker, the King of kings and Lord of lords in some haphazard manner or even like he is one of us. We are created in God’s image but we are not God.
The proper response is to love God, to bow before Him in worship that overflows into obedience and a life that displays His glory. A life of sanctification, hearts that desire to live separate from sin and separated to God.
Exodus 15:11 (NIV)
Who among the gods
is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
Moses’ encounter with God on this mountain will forever change his life and the lives of others. He will leave this mountain knowing that He has been in the presence of the Holy God and his life will truly display the glory of the Living God.
So may this be true for every believer as we love God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength and love others; repent of our sin; bow with lives of continual worship and obedience.