Take off thy Sandals

Take off thy Sandals
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Exodus 3:2-6
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses! And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”  Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
Vs 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed  Vs 6 ” “Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.” 
In vs 6, the Angel refers to Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember, in the Bible the word “angel” simply means “messenger”… And often in the Old Testament the Angel of the LORD is actually a preincarnate appearance of Jesus. I believe that’s the case here. It was Jesus that spoke to Moses from the burning bush… And this is so fitting when you realize the symbols and typology… Fire in the Bible is symbolic of God’s judgment. The word “bush” – which in the Hebrew means “thorny bush” – represents man’s sin and the curse that came about as a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – thorns and thistles. 
A burning bush that doesn’t burn represents God’s grace. It’s an awesome picture that shows how sin is judged – or burned – but the sinner, or bush, is never consumed. Jesus is our burning bush. In Christ our sin is burned up, but the sinner is saved. Is that awesome or what! In light of what I have done or said, In spite of what you have done or said, If you have asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you are saved. Mine and Your sins are consumed but  we are not, because our sins were consumed–were judged at the cross of Christ. And it is at the cross of Christ that Christ speaks to us.  He says with a loud voice I Love you this much with arms spread wide. This is so awesome but notice what he says to Moses which most people pass over. 
Vs.5 Do not draw near to this place! Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Why did The Lord warn Moses about coming near until he took his sandals off.
There are 2 reasons I believe, probably more but 2 that stand out.
1st: His sandals were man made, they were made by the works of man. And no one can come before the Lord based on what they themselves have done or how good and moral they believe they are. Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin”.
You can’t work your way to salvation.
2nd: When you come it has to be personal–There cannot be anything that separates you from Holy Ground.  Sandals were dirty, the places they have been and gone. The things they have stepped in, The stench of dirty feet. How many of us still are wearing something that separates us from the voice and the grace of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. It could be something that we feel isn’t that big a deal but it has such a stench, not believing the promises of God to take care of you. Always worrying about something, anger, fear, running from God or just trying all the time to be accepted by God. You can’t do anything about that. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God Isaiah said. 
We need to understand that Jesus did it all and we have to approach God through him. And that’s where it gets personal. You see we have to come to the cross and when we come to the cross it is there that we see what the price for our salvation and relationship with the Lord God Almighty really Costs. We see the marks and the blood. 
Romans 3:21-26
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,  even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,  to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
What is it that is keeping you from Coming to the Lord, I would exhort you to take off these sandals,  for the place you want to go and long to be is Holy Ground.
Amen and Amen
“Salvation comes through a cross and a crucified Christ”. Andrew Murray

Victor Tafoya
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