Moses: The Calling

This week we are studying Exodus chapter 3 when Moses was called by God Himself to begin the process of freeing the Israelites from their slavery to Egypt.  What strikes me about this chapter is that from the very start, the relationship between God and Moses was supernatural.  How often do people come across a bush burning but not being consumed and them a voice speaking out of it?  Their relationship was a powerful friendship.

Exodus 3:1 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back or west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God.”

Moses leaves the pagan house of Pharoah to the priestly home of his father-in-law.  God led him out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Moses’ profession was as a shepherd to the flocks of his father-in-law Jethro.  It was his livelihood.  Notice that Moses was just out doing his job, minding his own business when he ends up at the very mountain of God.  Moses had come to the place of his calling.

Exodus 3:2 “The Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush, and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed.”

The Lord Himself appeared in the fire to show Moses the supernatural power of God.  It was a sign and a wonder to Moses that drew him closer to the fire of God.  Moses’ birth was supernatural and now as he comes near to his destiny, he discovered the supernatural power of God right in front of his eyes.

Exodus 3:3 “And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”

Moses was stunned at the sight of the fiery bush that wasn’t being consumed.  The supernatural power of God drew him in closer to see it and to understand it.  He drew near to God…and that is all God needs to begin to call us into His purpose for our lives.  Moses had a huge destiny that would impact the whole world.  He was instrumental in bringing the lineage of the Messiah to the next phase of the eternal plan of the great salvation of God.  Moses didn’t have a clue about this yet, all he knew was that a bush was burning supernaturally and he wanted to see how it happened.  People are drawn irresistibly to the supernatural.  IT is here where we discover our destiny in God!

Exodus 3:4 “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I.”

God knows our name.  We don’t need to introduce ourselves to Him.  He knew us before we were born.  Moses was known by God before he was born.  Look at the supernatural circumstances of his birth.  As Moses drew near, God called to him and made Himself known to him.  He called him by his name.  He does the same with us when we draw near.  He just needs a little bit of interest to make Himself real in our lives.

Exodus 3:5 “God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.”

Before Moses can come nearer, he must deal with the filth of the world staining his life.  We can’t come to the Father unless we come through Jesus Christ.  His blood cleanses the filth of the world from us and we are clean and righteous in the sight of God.  God’s presence will not tolerate sin.  If sin is a “thing” with you, you cannot experience the wonderful presence of God.  Holy means clean and spotless.  He dwells in unapproachable light where there is no darkness, or spots or blemishes.  Moses taking off his shoes meant that the filth of the world would be left behind to follow the ways of God.  Think about it, Moses was a shepherd who was probably stepping in sheep dung all day long.  Of course, God would tell him to remove His shoes!

Exodus 3:6 “Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”

God introduces Himself to Moses because Moses was raised among the heathen; the pagans.  He said, “I am the God of your people Israel.”  Moses hid his face for fear of looking at God.  Notice that Moses acknowledged his sinful past by hiding his face in conviction, but God called him anyway..just like He does with us.

Exodus 3:7-10 “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters and oppressors; for I know their sorrows and sufferings and trials.  And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]–to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  Now behold, the cry of the Israelites has come to Me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharoah, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”

God begins to tell Moses of His intentions towards rescuing Israel.  Notice that He chose a man to accomplish this task.  He could have destroyed Egypt in an instant to deliver them.  However, He had a much greater purpose!  He told Moses his part to play in this effort.  Sounds simple right?  Notice that God is totally upfront with Moses.  He tells him of the people who are currently living in the promised land.  Moses knows there will be battles ahead in this long journey to the promises land.  We too will encounter the “ites” in our destiny with God.  God has great promises of abundance for His people that has never changed, nor will it ever change.  But to get to it, we must fight and win against the enemy of our soul.  God has given us the victory, but we must stand and believe God.  Whose report will you believe?  The evil report or God’s promises?

Exodus 3:11-15 “And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?  God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you; when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain (Horeb or Sinai).  And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name?  What shall I say to them?  And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites, I AM has sent me to you!  God said to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites, The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you!  This is My name forever, and by this name, I am to be remembered to all generations.”

God and Moses began a conversation.  One of many they would have in this long journey to the promised land.

  • Moses said that he was a nobody–an exile with no people.
  • God promised to be with him and then promises that he would be His servant on His mountain.  What a powerful promise!  In God’s Kingdom realm, the greatest is the servant.  A servant is surrendered to the Master to the point where they have no other agenda than HIS.  God is seeking such to be His servants!  This was a great honor to Moses; that God would say “you are My servant.”
  • Moses doesn’t even know what to call Him.  At least he’s honest about it.  God doesn’t bat an eye that Moses doesn’t know what to call Him.
  • God says “I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; I AM sent me!  The all-powerful One!  Notice what God says about His name: “This is My name forever, and by this name, I am to be remembered to all generations.”  What an incredibly powerful statement.

Exodus 3:16-22 “Go, gather the elders of Israel together [the mature teachers and tribal leaders], and say to them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, I have surely visited you and seen that which is done to you in Egypt; and I have declared that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.  And [the elders] shall believe and obey your voice; and you shall go, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt and you shall say to him, The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now let us go, we beseech you, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.  And I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go [unless forced to do so], no, not by a mighty hand.  So I will stretch out My hand and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in it, and after that, he will let you go.  And I will give these people favor and respect in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you shall not go empty-handed.  But every woman shall [insistently] solicit of her neighbor and of her that may be residing at her house jewels and articles of silver and gold, and garments, which you shall put on your sons and daughters; and you shall strip the Egyptians of [belongings due to you].” 

God gives Moses his marching orders, but notice how He prophecies over the entire situation.  God is so detailed with Moses even to the exact words he is to speak and He foretells exactly what Pharoah will do and how they will strip the Egyptians of the belongings that are due them.

  • God tells Moses to gather the elders of Israel and tell them that God is ready to deliver them out of Egypt.
  • He is to tell them of the promised land and of the people who are currently occupying that land.  He is NOT promising them a bed of roses.  He is letting them know they will have to fight the occupants to take and enjoy the promised land.
  • God even prophesies that Moses will be believed by the elders and accepted.
  • Moses and the elders are to go to Pharoah and tell him exactly what God told him to say.  They were just going to request a short excursion into the wilderness from Pharoah.
  • God tells him exactly what Pharoah is going to do and what He will do to free them from him.  God still wants to give Pharoah a chance to do the right thing.  We too are given chances by God to choose the right path.
  • God promises favor, respect, and a wealth transfer to His people.  God restored their wealth due to them for the labor of 400 years of slavery.   They left Egypt wealthy and healthy!

Moses dared to enter God’s Holy realm by removing his old ways.  God’s purpose exploded into his life and propelled him into one of the greatest men of faith in all history.  In fact, God says this about Moses at his death:

Deuteronomy 33:10-12 “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, who the Lord knew face to face, [None equal to him] in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt–to Pharoah and to all his servants and to all his land.  And in all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.”

What would happen if and when we dare to enter God’s Holy realm by removing our old ways?

Next week, we begin the journey with Moses as he walks into his destiny and into history as the servant who knew God face to face.

Blessings everyone…

 

 

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