"After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord's voice:1
'I am the God of your fathers,2 the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.' Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.3
"Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.4
I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.'5
"This is the same Moses whom they had rejected with the words, 'Who made you ruler and judge?'6 He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
He led them out of Egypt7 and did wonders and miraculous signs8 in Egypt, at the Red Sea9 and for forty years in the desert.10
"This is that Moses who told the Israelites, 'God will send you a prophet like me from your own people.'11
He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel12 who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers;13 and he received living words14 to pass on to us.15
"But our fathers refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.16
They told Aaron, 'Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt--we don't know what has happened to him!'17
That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and held a celebration in honor of what their hands had made.18