“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
Was God calling Moses to reverence and respect? Of Course.
But reverence of what, respect to what? The ground being Holy.
Who makes it Holy? God did. His Presence did.
Holy in what way? Holy as in “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Is there something we may be missing? Maybe.
We may be missing that God didn’t say that Moses was not holy and should step off.
We may be missing that Moses was already standing on the ground with his sandals.
We may be missing that sandals are practically worn to protect the feet and allow less fatigue along the journey.
We may be missing that we don’t usually take off our shoes until we’re ready to rest, having reached the end of our journey.
We may be missing that God was simply telling Moses, “you have nothing to worry about in my presence, not even your feet. Be and feel at home and take off your sandals.” In other words, “At ease, Moses.”
Indwelled by Christ through the Holy Spirit, we, by grace through faith in Christ, have been made holy ground to the glory of our Father, God, the Father of our Lord Jesus.
Grace says, “At ease!”