When Moses saw the bush, he was amazed. He went over for a closer look. There he heard the Lord's voice.
'I am the God of your fathers,' the Lord said. 'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.'#1(Exodus 3:6)#2 Moses shook with fear. He didn't dare to look.
"Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off your sandals. The place you are standing on is holy ground.
I have seen my people beaten down in Egypt. I have heard their groans. I have come down to set them free. Now come. I will send you back to Egypt.'#1(Exodus 3:5,7,8,10)#2
"This is the same Moses the two men of Israel would not accept. They had said, 'Who made you ruler and judge?' But God himself sent Moses to rule the people of Israel and set them free. He spoke to Moses through the angel who had appeared to him in the bush.
So Moses led them out of Egypt. He did wonders and miraculous signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and for 40 years in the desert.
"This is the same Moses who spoke to the people of Israel. 'God will send you a prophet,' he said. 'He will be like me. He will come from your own people.'#1(Deuteronomy 18:15)#2
Moses was with the Israelites in the desert. He was with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Moses was with our people of long ago. He received living words to pass on to us.
"But our people refused to obey Moses. They would not accept him. In their hearts, they wished they were back in Egypt.
They told Aaron, 'Make us a god who will lead us. This fellow Moses led us out of Egypt. But we don't know what has happened to him!'#1(Exodus 32:1)#2
That was the time they made a statue to be their god. It looked like a calf. They brought sacrifices to it. They were glad because of what they had made with their own hands.