Exodus 3–4: On Moses Milling about in Midian Until His Momentous Mountain Moment (Bible Talk, Ep. 22)

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At the beginning of Exodus 3, Moses is milling about in Midian with some sheep. Then God shows up in a burning bush and everything changes. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Exodus 3–4.


3:33 / Why does the Lord choose to speak to Moses out of a burning bush, and why is Moses supposed to take off his shoes?

6:09 / When God initially identifies himself to Moses, how much does Moses understand about who he’s talking to?

8:23 / It’s not the first time God has come down in the Pentateuch, nor the last in Scripture. 

12:07 / What’s important to know about God’s unveiling of his name to Moses as “I AM?”

20:28 / Why does the Lord tell Moses to ask Pharaoh to go on a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices—when that’s not the exit plan?

23:30 / Moses repeatedly objects to leading the exodus; the Lord offers him assurance.

28:00 / How does the Lord respond to Moses’ rejection of his plan?

30:16 / Does God put evil in Pharaoh’s heart by hardening it?

32:15 / Is it noteworthy that God calls Israel his “first-born son?”

35:28 / What’s going on in Exodus 4:24-26 with circumcision and the Lord seeking to put Moses to death?

42:29 / Where did Aaron come from? 

43:11 / The people of Israel respond in faith to God’s promise.


44:21 / The Lord describes Canaan as a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Is this significant?

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Image: Study for Moses and the Burning Bush, Henry Ossawa (1859–1937)

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