Exodus 3:1 says, “Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
We read biographies of the famous and influential to grow ourselves. We especially want to know their age in times of triumph and tragedy, to compare with our journey. Let’s look again to the sermon by Stephen in Acts 7. Acts 7:23 says, “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites.” At age 40, in the prime of life, he fled Egypt. Then in Acts 7:30 we read, “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.” Moses was an octogenarian when he finally received his call. He was over the hill, or better yet, sent out to pasture. When most were enjoying the fruits of a successful career, he was watching his father-in-law’s sheep. He was not in the second half but in overtime. Just a side note. God never rushes the preparation process, and age is no limitation for him.
One day, Moses came to the mountain of God, also known as Horeb or Sinai. Today, the locals in Egypt called it Jabal Musa, or the “Mountain of Moses.” Here, God later gave the Ten Commandments and spoke to Elijah in a still small voice.
While tending to his daily duties, Moses saw a bush on fire, which was a common site. Dry shrubs would often spontaneously combust on the desert floor. But while this bush burned it was not consumed. In Exodus 3:3 Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight…” Take note. Even at 80, he still had a sense of curiosity. The old fart was still hungry, so he left his routine to “see this great sight.” That small decision to follow an inner prodding changed his life. The Bible says it was only after he turned aside to see that God spoke to him.
Notice verse 4, “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’” Observe the personal nature of God. He is the God who knows our name. He is familiar with all our ways. Psalm 139:7 says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” While he felt abandoned, he was never forgotten by God.