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Moses and the Burning Bush

In this issue:

Children’s story: Moses and the Burning Bush
Trivia Question
Bible Accent: Moses was raised as an Egyptian
Saint for Today: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Moses was married to a daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian. One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock near Horeb, the mountain of God.

As Moses walked along, something strange caught his eye. A nearby bush was on fire, but the flames were not destroying it.

“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned,” Moses said.

God saw that the burning bush had caught Moses’ attention.   “Moses! Moses!” God called out from the bush.

“Here I am,” Moses replied as he started to walk closer to the bush.   “Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground,” God said. “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

Moses was afraid to look at God, so he hid his face.

God explained that he had heard the suffering cries of the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt. And he wanted Moses to play a part in God’s plan to save his people.

“Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and lead them out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey,” God said. “Now, go! I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

Moses was surprised by God’s command.

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Moses asked.

“I will be with you,” God reassured Moses.

God went on to tell Moses exactly what he needed to do and say to the Israelite elders to prove that God had sent Moses to rescue them. In turn, God said, Moses and the elders would go to Pharaoh and ask that the Israelites be allowed to go on a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer a sacrifice to God.

“Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless his hand is forced,” God explained. “So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wondrous deeds I will do in its midst. After that he will let you go.”


Exodus 3


1. What did Moses notice was on fire?

2. What did God want Moses to do?

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Trivia Question

Who was Moses’ wife? (Hint: Exodus 2:21)

Answer: Zipporah

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Bible Accent

Did you know that Moses, who was a Hebrew, was raised as an Egyptian?

In Exodus 1, we read that Pharaoh did not like the fact that there were more Israelites in Egypt than there were Egyptians. So, he enslaved the Israelites and ordered that all male Israelite babies be killed.

In Exodus 2, we read that a Levite woman gave birth to a baby boy and hid him until he was 3 months old. By that age, she could no longer hide the child. She decided to place the baby in a watertight papyrus basket and set it among the reeds on the bank of the Nile River. She also sent her daughter to watch and see what would happen to the child.

Just then, Pharaoh’s daughter came to the river to take a bath. She saw the basket in the reeds and told her handmaid to bring it to her.

She opened the basket and saw the crying baby boy.

Her heart was moved with pity.

“It is one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said.

The baby’s sister rushed up to Pharaoh’s daughter.

“Shall I go and summon a Hebrew woman to nurse the child for you?” the girl asked.

Pharaoh’s daughter agreed. The girl went away and returned with her mother, who also was the baby’s mother.

“Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages,” Pharaoh’s daughter told the woman.

When the boy grew, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised the child as her own.

Pharaoh’s daughter named the boy Moses, because she drew him out of the water.

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Saint for Today: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Mark Rey was born in Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. He studied philosophy and law and eventually set up a legal practice in Alsace, where he became known as “the poor person’s lawyer.”

He did not like the behavior of his fellow lawyers, so he decided to enter religious life. He became a Capuchin and took the name Fidelis.

Fidelis was a good preacher and leader who was known for his holiness. He was invited to Switzerland to bring Protestants back to the Catholic Church, a mission that was very dangerous. In 1622, he was murdered by opponents of his work.

We remember him on April 24.

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Using the hints provided, fill in the blanks with the correct answers about Moses.

1. God said that Moses’ _______ could assist him. (Exodus 4:14-15)

2. God gave Moses a _______ with which to perform signs. (Exodus 4:17)

3. Moses described himself as a poor _______. (Exodus 6:30)

4. God told Moses that Aaron’s staff would turn into a _______. (Exodus 7:9)

5. Moses was told to consecrate every _______ to God. (Exodus 13:2)

Answers: 1. brother 2. rod 3. speaker 4. snake 5. firstborn son

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