4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. Exodus 3:4-6
When the burning bush talked, Moses knew it was the real deal. Moses was right not to look at God. If the burning bush wasn’t enough, the Lord invoked his ancestors to get his attention. I am certain growing up he had heard all the stories about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even though he had never met them, he knew of their exploits and walk with God because it was probably passed on down the line.
We will hear those three names used together often in the Old Testament and a few times in the New Testament. The Israelite always harkened back to those good ol’ days in their history. If this voice in the burning bush said He was the God of the covenant, then Moses knew he’d better take it seriously.
The Lord warned Moses about getting any closer. He had not entered into covenant with Moses.
Contrast that with what is said in the Book of James. “Come close to God and He will come close to you.” James 4:8.
Jesus had torn the veil that separated us from God. “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:51. We can now “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Now we can draw near to God but we ought not to do it lightly or flippantly.
The throne of grace is accessible to all who call on His name. We would do well to approach it often every day.