Exodus 3:11-14..11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”
Moses gave his first of 5 excuses for refusing God’s assignment. He said I am nobody and You cannot expect me to go deliver Israel out of Egypt. All of us have used that same excuse. Who am I, I am not prepared to witness to my neighbor, I don’t know enough to disciple one person, that is not my gift, I can’t teach this class, etc.
12 And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.”
God promises to be with Moses and gives him a sign. You will know that God sent you when you worship at this mountain after bringing the people out of Egypt, a sign that would be fulfilled in the future. The Lord guaranteed that one day Moses and all the Israelites would gather at Mount Sinai to worship Him as their Deliverer. The Lord expects us to “walk by faith, not by sight” [ 2 Corinthians 5:7 ]. To follow the Lord requires a willingness to step into the unknown by faith.
13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”
Moses gives his 2nd excuse. The Israelites want know who sent me.
14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
I AM is Yahweh, “the Lord”, who faithfully led the patriarchs.
The God who called and empowered Moses is the same God who calls and empowers the followers of Jesus today.
John said “His commandments are not burdensome”. [ 1 John 5:3 ] so why do I find it a burden to obey God clear commands? Could it be because I am trying to obey out of duty, rather than because I love Jesus?
Henry Luke 9/6/2017
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