Moses was raised in the Pharaoh’s palace where he developed a mentality of anything imagined or desired is possible. Moses knew he had the authority and power to accomplish any feat. He saw gigantic pyramids and a vast kingdom built and established through the use of the Jewish slaves. He thought out of the box. His thoughts were not confined to the narrow ways of slavery. His thoughts were ones of freedom, liberty, creativity, education, authority, ruling, and reigning. Everything Egypt did was large. Moses knew the ways of the Pharaoh’s he knew the ways of the Egyptian world.
God took Moses out of Egypt into the desert wilderness to train him to move in the Spirit. It was through this process that Moses learned to pull aside to see the miraculous and hear God’s voice in the burning bush. God was able to redeem and use Moses’ visionary upbringing and training by applying them to godly kingdom principles. Moses was called to free the 2,000,000 Jewish slaves from Egypt.
"Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people." Exodus 33:13 NASU
When God’s presence comes to us everything is made known. Our prayer should be; show me Your loving ways, laws, and kingdom principles. Prophets and seers have revelatory gifts that God leads and directs them through. Moses had an intimate relationship with God so he knew God face to face and God communicated to Moses plainly.
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. "Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds(sees) the form of the Lord. Numbers 12:6–8 NASU
Israel was forty years in the wilderness and they didn’t know God’s ways but they still received His blessings. God swore that they should not enter into His rest of the Promises Land or God’s presence.
"For forty years I loathed that generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, and they do not know My ways. Psalms 95:10 NASU
The Bible tells us that if we hear God’s words and do them we will be like a person built upon a rock. All the epistles are built upon what Jesus taught. We remember things that are important to us and the things we value are easy for us to learn and appropriate in our lives. Learning to hear the voice of the Lord is vital for our lives to be fulfilled, happy and successful. The Bible tells us our treasure resides where our heart resides. Where is your heart? What is your number one priority or desire in life?
We have two ears… we have the equipment but do we have the desire and the dedication to develop our spiritual abilities to hear God’s voice and observe what is going on in the Spirit realm? He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. Revelation 2:11
Moses was able to turn aside to see the burning bush. He looked again for a second time. He made the shift from just hearing the word of God, to seeing the plans of God manifest in his life.
Moses was dwelling in, and pasturing his sheep in the wilderness. This is the same place we have found ourselves in the past. But Moses' wanderings finally brought him to Horeb, the mountain of God. It is encouraging to know that in God we continue to cycle from wilderness experiences of isolation, to the valley where we confront our weaknesses and finally reach the mountain top where our life is transformed from the inside out when we encounter God.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush. First Moses looked, and then he looked again and beheld—the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. We have been through the fires of refining for years. The fire consumed the wood, hay, and stubble in our lives. This fire also purified our hearts and cleaned our hands so we can receive and carry the glory and blessings of the Lord. Many find themselves in the fiery furnace that had been heated up seven times hotter by their enemies. This furnace of affliction destroys the strongmen in our lives but leaves us with the image of the fourth man, Jesus, imprinted on our spirits. We learn that the hatred and persecutions of our enemies are really working on our behalf. It is time to thank and bless our enemies.
Next, Moses said, "I must turn aside NOW and SEE this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!"
God is calling each of us by name. He is tuning our ears to hear His voice. Now the Holy Spirit is going to focus our eyes to see God in the invisible realms of the Spirit. And then Moses said, "Here I am." Be encouraged! You have not been forgotten. God knows exactly where you are.
Then God said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
Moses understood that he was just being introduced to the fire and who God is. God said also,
"'I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God" (Exodus 3:1-6 NASB).
When Moses first encountered God, before the fire had done its work, he was afraid to look into God's beautiful face. Moses hid his face in shame in the presence of a holy God. After the fire had refined Moses and he had completed the cleansing process, God met with Moses face to face, and called him a friend. Developing an intimate friendship requires an open heart of trust with an ability to share secrets. God shares His secrets and mysteries with His friends, the prophets and seers. God is the best at show-and-tell. Before we are able to hear the voice of God we will hear the sound of wind and fire.
God Called Moses by Name
Moses found favor in the sight of the Lord. Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, 'Bring up and lead this people!' But You have not let me know who You will send with me.” You have said, ‘Moses, I have known you by name, I am well pleased with you. You have found favor in My sight.’ “So Moses said to the Lord, “If I have found favor in Your sight teach me Your ways Lord. I want to see and know You, so I can continue to please You. Help me lead this nation of Yours.” The Lord answered Moses, “My presences will go with you. I Myself will take the lead and give you rest.”
Moses responded, “If Your presence doesn’t go with us, let us remain in this place, don’t lead us up from here. If Your presence goes with us, we will know that we have found favor with You and that we are pleasing in Your sight. But, if You don’t go with us, no one will be able to distinguish us, from every other person in the world. Lord, it is Your presence that makes us special. Your grace and favor separates us from the ordinary.” The Lord told Moses, “I will do for you what you have asked of Me because I am pleased with you. I know you very well. I call you by name.”
Moses prayed again. He asked the Lord to show him His glory! The Lord said, “I will show my favor, love and mercy to anyone I choose. I will make my perfect goodness pass before you Moses. I will be gracious and proclaim My character and attributes before you. You will know Me and hear My name as Lord! I will show you My compassion. But, you cannot fully see My face, for no man can see Me in all of My glory and continue to live!”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will open your spirit eyes to see or behold. There is a place by Me in the Spirit, where you can stand upon the Rock, Jesus. When you are able to see Jesus, you will see My glory. I will place you securely in Jesus, in the cleft of the rock and safely cover you with My hand. No one will see you, but they will see My glory resting on you. I will hide you from their view and manifest Myself through you. When I take My hand away, all you will see is the cross and My Son’s scarred, bloody back, but not My face. Moses saw the stripes that Jesus bore on His back and the blood that Jesus shed released the glory. The glory is in the cross of Jesus Christ. Exodus 33:12–23 Author’s Paraphrase
Moses told God He wanted to see His glory. God placed Moses beside Him on a rock. We know that the rock symbolizes Jesus. There God showed Moses His goodness, nature and the attributes of His names. God pressed Moses into the cleft of the rock and covered him with His hand while He passed by.
When the hand of God covers someone they are no longer seen, but people see God’s image shining through them. When we are covered by God’s hand the five dimensions of ministry begins to flow. People see who Christ is because we are positioned beside Him. He is covering us and leading us. We are on the rock. We are pressed into the shape or image of the ‘Rock’ where we take on His image. When we get pressed into a form we take on that form. It is no longer we who are living but Christ comes forth in us. We have been crucified with Christ nevertheless we live. The resurrection power of Jesus now manifests through our life.