Moses is the walking definition of an outsider. To the Egyptians who took pity upon him as helpless baby, he is Hebrew pet. To the Hebrews, he is the indulged recipient of their master’s capricious favor and viewed with envy and suspicion. The pain of not belonging is palpable; he is a man without a home.
So he flees. He is a refugee attached to a family and people foreign to him. In the dark and lonely “far side of the desert,” Moses comes to the mountain where God speaks and reveals himself. How is it that in our loneliest places, God appears and the course of history changes?
God calls Moses and the people of Israel into a relationship with him:
“I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:12
For the first time in history, God reveals his Name:
I AM WHO I AM. Exodus 3:14.
And with that, the fate of the people of Israel is sealed. No longer will they be Egyptian slaves. They are a people freed by their God. They are a people “close to his heart.” Psalm 148:14.
Centuries later, Paul speaks of freedom once again,
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Because of God’s great love, because of Christ’s death on the cross, I am no longer a slave. I am no longer a refugee. I have a home. I have a place of belonging and it is near the very heart of God.
Lord, thank you for the freedom you have bought for me at the cost of your Son. Holy Spirit, help me to walk in this freedom today. May gratitude and joy rise up from the deepest parts of me. Father, I ask that my thoughts, words and actions today, somehow make you smile. Your goodness towards me is overflowing. Amen