|Now Moses was tending
the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he
led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the
mountain of God.
There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from
within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not
So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight
- why the bush does not burn up."
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him
from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer,"
God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are
standing is holy ground."
Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid
his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people
in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,
and I am concerned about their suffering.
So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians
and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land,
a land flowing with milk and honey - the home of the Canaanites,
Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen
the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.
So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites
out of Egypt."
But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh
and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign
to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the
people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."
Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say
to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they
ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"
God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are
to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD,
the God of your fathers - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and
the God of Jacob - has sent me to you.' This is my name forever,
the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
"Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD,
the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what
has been done to you in Egypt.
And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,
Hivites and Jebusites - a land flowing with milk and honey.'
Exodus 3, 1- 17
|For I am the LORD,
your God, who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will
help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of
Isaiah 41, 13 - 14
|But now, this is what
the LORD says - he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love
I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not
hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the
ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created
for my glory, whom I formed and made."
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble.
Which of them foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, "It is true."
"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and
my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed -
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?" God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness.
This is what the LORD says - your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
"For your sake I will send to Babylon and bring down as fugitives
all the Babylonians, in the ships in which they took pride.
I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King."
This is what the LORD says - he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements
together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed
out like a wick:
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive
it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.
"Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied
yourselves for me, O Israel.
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me
with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings
nor wearied you with demands for incense.
You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me
the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins
and wearied me with your offenses.
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own
and remembers your sins no more.
Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together;
state the case for your innocence.
Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
So I will disgrace the dignitaries of your temple, and I will consign
Jacob to destruction and Israel to scorn.
Isaiah 43 , 1 - 28