Acts 7:30–34 (ESV)
Speech (Part 5)
30 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When
Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33 Then the Lord
said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come,
I will send you to Egypt.’
Stephen is still giving the sermon of his life, or I should say a sermon “for” his life. He is building up a history
showing God’s involvement and directing of the Children of Israel. Where Moses was introduce two days ago, today... we see God dealing directly with Moses and through Moses. Today, God speaks to Moses through a burning bush. I remember
a college professor at Baylor University saying that the bush had an appearance of fire when the wind blew the leaves and the leaves flickered. Number one, he is discounting the power of God, and number two... he is insulting Moses intelligence.
I think Moses would know if it were simply leaves flickering as opposed to an actual fire. There are many people who think they have to come up with a scientific explanation of the miracles. Do they not believe that God is all powerful? Do
they not understand what a miracle is? Merriam-Webster defines “miracle” as: 1: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs 2: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment, 3 Christian
Science : a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law. Maybe they should look up the word miracle. God announces his plan to save and deliver “his people” from Egypt. Oh...
notice God’s involvement!
I pray: O Lord, I know and understand the word miracle and that you are all powerful and full of miracles. You created the
world with a mere spoken word and out of nothing. I believe in your miracles, especially the miracle of Jesus being raised from the dead for the forgiveness of sins. I also believe in your miracle you gave me, the miracle of baptism where you washed
away my sins and made me a new creation. Help me to daily live in my baptism. Amen.