Moses Part 5

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 5

God calls and sends Moses

Exo.3 & 4, Acts 7: 30 – 34

God did not choose and use Moses at his age of forty, when Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7: 22) But God waited another 40 years, while Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law in deserts of Midian. Then God spoke to Moses out of the midst of the burning bush and said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob… Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exo.3: 6,10)

But Moses had many objections and hesitations. So God encouraged him and empowered him to carry out His commands. Whenever we want to do the will of God in our life, we may find many obstacles hindering us. In this lesson we can find how we can be encouraged to obey our Lord on such occasions.

  1. God promises to be with him. After living in the wilderness with the flock for 40 long years, Moses felt that he has become totally unsuitable for any such task. But God does not want our abilities, He primarily sees whether we are willing to obey Him. He promised to Moses, “Certainly I will be with you.” (Exo.3: 11,12) Whenever God gives us His commands to obey, He will definitely be with us and help us and guide us. We must only be careful to wait upon Him and confirm through prayer and through His Word, what exactly He wants us to do.

  2. God reveals Himself to him. Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers has sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM and he said, Thus shall thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you, this [is] my name forever (Exo.3: 13 – 15) If fear tends to overcome us while we walk in the ways of God, we should remember that our God is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, there is none equal to Him.

  3. God reveals His plans to him. God told Moses to tell the people of Israel, “I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. And they shall hearken to thy voice.” (Exo.3: 16,17) When we whole-heatedly walk close to God we will be able understand what are His heavenly and eternal plans for us. Such knowledge will give us the living hope and all the boldness to do His will in the face of all the hindrances of this world.

  4. God reveals His purposes. They were to tell Pharaoh, “The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. And thus says the LORD, Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn. And I say unto thee, “Let my son go, that he may serve me” (Exo.3: 18, 4: 22,23) When we know the high and lofty plans and purposes for which, God is calling us, we will be refreshed and enabled to press toward the prize of that calling.

  5. God reveals His power. Again Moses complained and said, “But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD has not appeared unto thee.” So God gave him three signs to demonstrate His power. (1) Staff turns into serpent, (2) Hand becomes leprous and (3) Water changed into blood (Exo.4: 1-9) And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed. (Ex 4: 30,31) Today the power of God can be very effectively demonstrated before the world by our transformed nature.

  6. God appoints Aaron as spokesman. Moses had still another point of hesitation to yield to the desire of God. And Moses said unto Jehovah, Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And Jehovah said unto him, Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah? God sent Aaron along with Moses to be a spokesman. (Exo.4: 10-17) God is always prepared to hear our prayers and grant us His grace to enable us to obey Him in our life.

What would have become of Moses had he not obeyed God on that day when God called him? No doubt, he would have remained an unknown shepherd in Midian. God would have used another instrument to deliver His people. Our reward will be very great in heaven, if we implicitly and sincerely obey our Lord. Disobedience to God will bring about eternal loss.

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