Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, â€œI must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.â€ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, â€œMoses, Moses!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am.â€ Then he said, â€œCome no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.â€ He said further, â€œI am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.â€ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.â€
But Moses said to God, â€œWho am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?â€ He said, â€œI will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.