Are you Moses?

In Exodus 3 God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. You probably know the story already. Pharaoh. Ten plagues. Exodus. Red Sea. Wilderness. Manna and quail. Mount Sanai. Ten commandments.

What occurred to me when reading Exodus 3, though, is the parallel of Moses’ story to our lives today. Let’s take a look at this chapter. I’ve added some commentary to show how “you are Moses”.

Verses 1-3

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

You may find yourself in a “wilderness”, a place where you can’t imagine that God has plans to use you. The truth is that we don’t know what plans God has for us or how He can use our current circumstances to serve His purposes.

Verse 4

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

This is the perfect answer to God’s invitation. Here I am.

Verses 5-6

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

This reminds us to maintain a healthy fear of God. As Mr. Beaver says of Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ allegory The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: “He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”

Verses 7-10

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

God knows our struggles, pain, and heartache now just as well as then. Without belief in Jesus, so many are still in bondage today… to sin. Just as God sent Moses to deliver His people, He sends us to spread the good news of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection to pay our sin debt.

Verses 11

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

We do the same, right? We see so many in bondage and yet we doubt that God will use us to free them. We make excuses. We fear rejection. We avoid our responsibility to share our salvation experience (this is all you need to know in order to witness — just tell your story).

Verse 12

And God said, “I will be with you.”

God provides for us in the same measure that He did for Moses. God will use your obedience to deliver His children. Be Moses!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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