Perception and prophecy

Moses was a man of both perception and prophecy. He saw and heard things other people didn't. At one point, for instance, he saw an extraordinary phenomenon on the slopes of Mount Horeb—a bush that flamed with fire and yet somehow remained intact. And from the midst of that bush, he heard God speak to him—commanding him to free the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt and lead them into the land God had promised them since the days of Abraham. This new land, God told him, would be beautiful and spacious, a land "flowing with milk and honey."

Moses devoted the rest of his life to pursuing the vision that God had given him. It was a prophetic vision. And even though he wouldn't see the Promised Land with his own eyes for many more years, still, the vision became present reality to him. It inspired him to rescue thousands of his fellow Israelites from oppression and to lead them during the arduous forty-year journey toward their future homeland.

Early in that journey Moses perceived God's presence so intimately that the Bible says God actually spoke to him "face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." The next morning Moses received on Mount Sinai the Ten Commandments, foundational divine laws for living, thinking, and praying.

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May 10, 1993

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