1 So Israel began his journey, taking with him all that he had. When he came to Beer Sheba he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 God spoke to Israel in a vision during the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” He replied, “Here I am!” 3 He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down with you to Egypt and I myself will certainly bring you back from there. Joseph will close your eyes.”
2 The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from within a bush. He looked, and the bush was ablaze with fire, but it was not being consumed! 3 So Moses thought, “I will turn aside to see this amazing sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him from within the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 God said, “Do not approach any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He added, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
Notes and References
"... All this emphasis on the promise land is to demonstrate the extent to which Jacob is aware of the divine imperative to dwell in Canaan before and after the divine appearance in Genesis 46:2. Therefore, Jacob is terrified when God calls out his name; he is already on his way to Egypt, the un-promised land. Since Jacob is in dread of God, God needs to call him twice, “Jacob! (Pause) Jacob!” Jacob is unable to respond the first time ... A similar interpretation may be found in the E account of Moses’ encounter with God. In Exodus 3:4, Moses stumbles into the presence of god for the very first time. Initially, Moses is drawn to the unusual sight, the burning bush that is not consumed. As he turns to catch a glimpse of this spectacle, God calls out to him, “Moses, Moses!” God may have wanted to get Moses’ attention quickly to have him remove his sandals from the sacred space (3:5) ..."
Joo, Samantha "Abraham! Abraham!": Re-Analysis of Gen. 22:11 (pp. 65-79) Korea Presbyterian Journal of Theology, Vol. 42, 2011
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