March 15, 2019

MOSES AT THE BURNING BUSH

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”   And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover 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 upon God.   And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.  Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:4-12)

God spoke through the burning bush that did not consume. He told him that he should remove his shoes which was a sign of reverence to God. He told him that He heard the cry of the children of Israel and He had come down to deliver them. I want us to pay attention to some verbs that were used in the words of God above, they are –seen, heard, and know. God says everything that was going on with the children of Israel were seen by God. He says that He heard their cry for help, and also He is aware (knows) of their pain and sorrow as a result of the oppression from the Egyptians.  In the same vein, whatever that is happening to you now is seen by God. All your struggles, your sorrow, your pain, or any illness that have incapacitated you, God knows about them all, because He is All-Knowing God.  He told Moses that because they have cried for help, he has come down to deliver them from their taskmasters. God had already mapped out His plan of deliverance, and He wanted Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand their release. He knew that Pharaoh would not listen because of his strong-headedness, but God would use different signs to show to Pharaoh that He is God and that the children of Israel are His people.

God had to use different methods to convince Moses himself that He is God and that He has chosen him to be his spokesman to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses struggled with this assignment because of so many reasons. If you would remember what made him to leave Egypt was because the king got to know about the Egyptian that he killed, and therefore his own life was being sought for. Secondly, his own people queried him that “who made him a leader over them?” So he felt insecure to go to Pharaoh and also to lead his people. The lesson to learn here is that God is the one that qualifies anyone to do the assigned work. God does not look at your past in order to give you work to do because He had already assigned your work to you before He made it known to you. Moreover He knew all that you would do before you actually did them, because He knows the end from the beginning. Also He had forgiven you all your trespasses before you committed them. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

For the purpose of this work, Moses was brought to the world, kept safe while Pharaoh ordered all male Hebrew babies to be killed, drew him out of water by the daughter of Pharaoh, and also made him educated in all the knowledge of the Egyptians, so as to carry out this arduous task. Moses did not know God had invested so much in him, but he sees himself as not competent again because of his physical disability (slow speech). Every excuse given by Moses was not tenable before God, because the work is not for Moses but for God Himself “who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13). So He told Moses that He will be with him to do the work. Each of us must realize that we cannot do anything without Him, so we must seek His presence in everything we do, so that we can succeed on this journey. We are created for a purpose, and I pray that  our purpose will be fulfilled in Jesus Name, Amen. Remain blessed.

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