Sept 21 2012 – Moses – Life Message

Moses Burning Bush

Life of Moses

What is Moses’ identity?

  • Does he consider himself Hebrew?
  • Does he consider himself Egyptian?
  • Does he consider himself Midian?

Exodus 3:1-10

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 desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

                       2 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. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 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.”

                5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 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.

                        7 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.

                        8 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.

                        9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.

                        10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Moses said

                Exodus 3:11 Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?

                Exodus 3:12

                I will be with you, And this will be the sign for you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.

Moses replied

What if they ask me what your name is?

God gives Moses a list of things to do.

  • Gather  the elders of Israel
  • Tell them this message
  • I will be with you and make the Egyptians favorably disposed to the Israelites

Moses – What if they don’t believe me or listen to me and say, The Lord did not appear to you? (Exodus 4:1)

  • God showed him the miracle of the staff
  • God showed him the miracle of the hand of leprosy
  • God told him to poor Nile water on dry ground and it will turn to blood

Exodus 4:10

                O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, I am slow of speech and tongue.

God says

I will go with you and help you. I will teach you what to say.

Exodus 4:13

O Lord, please send someone else to do it.

Just like us at times

  • Afraid to do what God may be calling us to do.
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Doubt God’s power
  • Doesn’t trust what God is saying
  • Lack social skills
  • Doesn’t want to do God’s thing

What happened that changed Moses to this fear filled, timid, and doubting Israelite to one of the greatest men of God throughout all of history?

  • Moses was changed in the presence of God

Moses was an angry old man

  • He killed an Egyptian
  • He threw down the Ten Commandments out of anger
  • He struck a rock out of anger to appease the Israelites


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