2017-08-20 - Exodus ~ Moses' First Concern
Exodus 3, Verses 11-12
Moses’ immediate reaction was to question who was he for this job. Keep in mind that he had been raised as a son of the court. Remember what Stephen said of Moses, in his statement.
“And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22 ESV).
The Pharaoh who was aware of his killing of the Egyptian taskmaster, was dead. So who was better qualified to face the new Pharaoh, knowing all the ins and outs of the court?
But Moses now lacked the self-confidence/arrogance he had previously displayed. This wasn’t necessarily bad, because he was less rash. Apparently, forty years of waiting for the Lord to act had turned him into an old man, even if he was still to live another forty.
We often ask the Lord the same question, “Why me?”. We aren’t qualified to do any important work for Him. But that’s the point. We must be prepared to depend on God’s strength. Look back to Dr. Luke’s account of Jesus’ words in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”” (ESV)
God tells Moses the issue wasn’t who Moses was, but who God is. He reassured Moses He would be with him. God’s presence was the sign that God was the one who sent him. It is God’s presence in our lives that is to be the source of our strength, of our confidence - not in ourselves but in Him.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16–18 ESV).
We are not called to be strong, wise, or adequate, but, we are called to be available.
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no hu- man being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”” (1 Corinthians 1:27–31 ESV).
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.