Pharaoh did find out about Moses killing the Egyptian. His guards chased Moses into the desert, but they did not find him. In the desert Moses met a wise man named Jethro and married one of his daughters. During the next forty years he raised his family in the desert.
One day Moses was taking care of Jethro’s sheep when he saw something very strange. At the foot of a mountain he saw a bush on fire but the fire did not spread, the bush did not burn up. Then Moses heard a Voice say.
“Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer.” The Voice said. “Take off your sandals you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”
When Moses heard this, he fell to the ground for he was afraid to look at God.
The Lord said. “I have seen how cruelly the Egyptians treat my people and the time has come for me to rescue them. I will bring them back to the land I promised Abraham and Isaac so long ago. It is a lovely land, with plenty of water for crops.
“Go now, Moses. I am sending you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
Moses said. “Who am I? I’m not important enough to tell Pharaoh he should let our people out of Egypt.”
God’s answer to Moses was simple.”I will be with you.”
Moses said. “But no one will believe I speak for You. How will I show the people who You are?”
God said to Moses. “I Am Who I Am, that is my name, tell the people that. Tell them the God who chose them as a special people has sent you.”
Moses was still not ready to do what God asked him. He made God angry by coming up with excuse after excuse.
Moses said. “When I tell them who You are, they will not believe me.”
“The older people, the leaders, will believe you.” God said. “Just to prove that I am with you, ask Pharaoh if you may take the people on a three-day journey into the desert. Ask Pharaoh for just three days when the people can worship me. When Pharaoh says no, then I will work miracles and strike down the Egyptians.”