Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
4 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.”
5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 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.
7 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. 8 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. 9 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. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
11 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?”
12 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.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Isn’t this a phenomenal passage of scripture? It doesn’t need pointed out here that what Moses saw was a divine revelation of God himself. However in our church at present we are studying God the I Am and how we know more of ourselves when we have been impacted by the I Am.
On Sunday morning our pastor read this piece of scripture, and I seen an interesting point. Maybe I’m late to the party but notice Moses response to God in verse 4 when his name is called, “Here I am”. Moses is confident in his name, he knows what he has been called, but then God calls his character forth, God calls a gifting, God calls the man on the inside and asks Moses to step out, and in verse 11 Moses responds “Who am I”.
Moses was sure of his name, but was unsure of his gifting.
It was in this moment God gives him a revelation of himself. You see it was never about Moses in a sense. God could have rescued the Israelites through any one, Aaron, Miriam, anyone at all… God can use any willing vessel. But what God knew that Moses didn’t was that he had ordained him from before time began. Psalm 139 talks of how God knew us from before we were born, verse 16 states that our days were ordained before the very foundation of the earth.
You see God doesn’t just know our name, God knows our character, God knows how far He can push us, He knows how much He can trust us, and He knows the plans and purposes that He laid out before us, Jeremiah 29:11.
Moses life is a perfect picture of this plan God has for us. Look at his humble beginnings, Moses was born of Jocabed in a time where new born boys were being killed at the order of Pharaoh, and so unbeknown to his daughter, she goes down to the river mentioned in chapter 2 of Exodus and she sees this babe all alone in a basket on the Nile in distress and hears him crying. Then 40 years later Moses is standing at this burning bush and hears God say in Chapter 3 verse 7, I have seen the misery, or distress of my people and I have heard them crying. This is a complete parallel to Moses rescue. You see God knew that he would stand here with Moses all those years on and ask him to step out into the plan God had created for him so that He could rescue another but in this case it is not just one man, but a nation.
Is God calling you today to step out into bigger things? Have you had a Moses moment and while you are confident in your name, you are unconfident in your gift?
As you step out its worth remembering that it isn’t about your capabilities, instead focus on the capabilities of God, on His strength and power and wisdom, and remember that unlike us, God is beyond all things, and he always goes before you, he will not leave you stranded in the midst of the task (Deuteronomy 31:8) instead he will build you up and show you a character you never knew existed.
Be Moses today, take of your sandals, rest a while with The King, stand with God on Holy ground and soak up his presence, and then go and be obedient to His word, wearing the armour of God (Eph 6) and seeing the Glory of God manifest in your life and circumstances. For nothing in this life is scarier than being out of the will of God the father.