Our passage today is Exodus Chapter 3 verses 1 to 14, hopefully a familiar passage as we looked at it just a couple of weeks ago as a preliminary to our series on the “I am” sayings of Jesus.Today we look at it in its context as part of the story we’ve been looking at in recent days.
As we finished yesterday, God has heard His people’s groaning, remembers His covenant with them, and prepares to act.
That is the heart of this passage, that God is going to rescue His people from their oppressors and lead them into the promised land, a good and spacious land, a land full of milk and honey (vs.7-10).
Moses, the one who was miraculously rescued, who has the perfect background growing up in the king’s palace, but as we saw yesterday has a heart for his own people, is the one the Lord has chosen to be the human leader of the Israelites.So the Lord seeks him out and calls him in this spectacular way out of the burning bush (vs.1-6).
But although he has this remarkable encounter with the Lord, and despite his perfect background, Moses is very reluctant to be this human leader, and as we will see has many objections and excuses, why it shouldn’t be him but rather someone else.His first 2 objections are here, in the form of 2 questions.Firstly, ‘Who am I?’ (v.11), to which the Lord answers, ‘I will be with you.’And then secondly, in v.13, how do I respond to the question if the people ask me about the one who had sent him, ‘What is his name?’ – in other words, ‘Who are you?’. To which the Lord replies, ‘I AM who I AM’.
It is not a bad thing to be cautious about taking on a task for the Lord, we should be conscious of our own sins and frailties and not do things in our own strength; but if the Lord calls, then His presence and power will be sufficient for whatever task He sets before us, ‘I will be with you’. It is a lesson that Moses (and ourselves) needed to keep learning.
As St Paul would write many many years later, that the Lord had said to him, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’, to which Paul replied, ‘For when I am weak, I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians Ch.12 vs.9-10).
From our church address list, please remember in prayer today,- Doreen- Sharon & George