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God Chooses Moses
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God chooses Moses

 
God Chooses Moses
 
Exodus 3:1-12 (New American Standard Bible)
 
Exodus 3
The Burning Bush
 1Now Moses was pasturing the flock of (A)Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to (B)Horeb, the (C)mountain of God.
 2(D)The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a (E)bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
 3So Moses said, "(F)I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up."
 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, (G)God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
 5Then He said, "Do not come near here; (H)remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
 6He said also, "(I)I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob " (J)Then Moses hid his face, for he was (K)afraid to look at God.
 7The LORD said, "I have surely (L)seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
 8"So I have come down (M)to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a (N)good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of (O)the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
 9"Now, behold, (P)the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
The Mission of Moses
 10"Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, (Q)so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."
 11But Moses said to God, "(R)Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?"
 12And He said, "Certainly (S)I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: (T)when you have brought the people out of Egypt, (U)you shall worship God at this mountain."
 
Purpose:  To recognize that God calls us, like Moses, to realign our lives to act within God’s liberating purpose.
 
This week  I began to think about God choosing Israel to be His chosen people.  Even today, many people are put off by the term “chosen people.”  There are those who believe God would not really choose one group of people over another, and even if He did, that was a long time ago and surely He has moved on.  After all, Israel has been less than obedient and loyal.  Surely God could find someone else to represent Him to the world, someone who would appreciate their status as chosen.
 
Why does it seem unlikely that Israel would be God’s chosen?
  1. They were likely polytheistic just like all of the countries around them so they weren’t set apart because of their loyalty
  2. They were the least of all of the nations so He didn’t choose them because of their might and strength
  3. Abraham, the first of God’s chosen, was too old to have children, yet God told him he would be he father of a nation
  4. Moses was in all likelihood a stutterer and needed his brother Aaron to speak on his behalf, so he wasn’t chosen because he was a great orator
Why is one nation or one tribe or one country more loved by God than all of the other people on the earth, and are they more loved?
 
 
Deuteronomy 7:7-9
 
 7 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
 
 
God did not call Israel because they were special, He called them to be special.  The plan to deliver Israel was a microcosm of the larger plan to redeem the world through a chosen people.  God desired to use Israel as a beacon of light to the world, to show that there is one God and His name is Yahweh, and to share His salvation with the rest of the world.  It was the nation through whom our Savior would come, it was to be a nation of priests, and of missionaries to the rest of the world.  He began by calling Abraham and waited until he and his wife Sarah were far beyond the age of child bearing to begin to fulfill His plan.  The plan continued through Isaac and now God was calling Moses.  
 
The Burning Bush
 1Now Moses was pasturing the flock of (A)Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to (B)Horeb, the (C)mountain of God.
 2(D)The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a (E)bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
 3So Moses said, "(F)I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up."
 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, (G)God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
 
There is a lot of information in these few verses;
  1. Moses was shepherding not his own flock but the flock of his father-in-law, who was a priest
  2. Moses led the flock to the mountain of God
  3. God called Moses by name
  4. Moses answered, “Here am I.”  Three of the most powerful words in the Bible--Here am I.  Who else has uttered these words?  

The Prophet Samuel (1 Sam 3:4), 

Queen Esther--(who knows but that you are here for such a time as this Esther 4:13 he said to take back this answer to Esther: 14 “Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear from another source, while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be that you have achieved royal status for such a time as this!”  Esther may not have uttered the words, “Here am I, send me,” but through her actions that is exactly what happened. 
 
The Virgin Mary, (Luke 1:38) …”be it done unto me according to thy word.”
 
God had a plan for Israel, and indeed, a plan for the world.  Israel was going to be responsible for carrying the truth to the nations.  And, in order to achieve that goal, they needed to be free.  Not just free from the bondage of slavery to the Egyptians, but free from the mindset of slavery and free from the bondage of sin.
 
Exodus 3: 5Then He said, "Do not come near here; (H)remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."
 6He said also, "(I)I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob " (J)Then Moses hid his face, for he was (K)afraid to look at God.
 7The LORD said, "I have surely (L)seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.
 8"So I have come down (M)to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a (N)good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of (O)the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
 9"Now, behold, (P)the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.
 
God let Moses know immediately who He was and what His character is.  He told Moses to remove his sandals for he was standing on holy ground.  Not only is God holy, but the place He inhabits is holy.  What does it mean to be holy?  R. C. Sproul makes this insightful observation from Isaiah 6:
 
“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory.”21  The repetition of this word signals the importance of this attribute.
 
Holiness Defined
The term “holy” is often understood in its contemporary usage rather than its true meaning in the Scriptures. For this reason, our study must begin by reviewing several dimensions of the definition of holiness.
(1) To be holy is to be distinct, separate, in a class by oneself. As Sproul puts it:
The primary meaning of holy is ‘separate.’ It comes from an ancient word that meant, ‘to cut,’ or ‘to separate.’ Perhaps even more accurate would be the phrase ‘a cut above something.’ When we find a garment or another piece of merchandise that is outstanding, that has a superior excellence, we use the expression that it is ‘a cut above the rest.’1
 
God tells us throughout the Scriptures “I am holy, be thou holy likewise.”  When we seek holiness, when we choose to live a lifestyle of holiness, we will be necessarily set apart from others.  Separateness will not be something for which we have to strive, it will come automatically because people who are not holy are not comfortable around people who are.  Holiness is a choice you make but separateness is a result of that choice. 
 
Holiness does not mean we are better than those who are not, or that we have successfully mastered the keeping of the Law.  Holiness is a response to a God who is holy, and when He says, “I am holy, be thou holy,” it is not a suggestion.  Seeking holiness is a way of life. 
 
God tells Moses He has seen the affliction of His people and He has come to deliver them from the Egyptians and to give them the land belonging to the Canaanites.  
 
The Mission of Moses
 Exo 3;10"Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, (Q)so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."
 11But Moses said to God, "(R)Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?"
 12And He said, "Certainly (S)I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: (T)when you have brought the people out of Egypt, (U)you shall worship God at this mountain."
 
When we are called by God to fulfill His plan, isn’t our response all too often not here am I, but who am I that I can accomplish this mission?  Moses knew who he was, but he did not yet know who God was.  God said, I will be with you.  If only we could know within our hearts that God is always with us, and He never asks anything of us that we cannot accomplish through His might and His power.
 
Paul speaking to the Gentiles, says this of the chosen:
 
Romans 11:26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your
mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
 
 
Israel has not yet completed the mission which God assigned for them to do.  What about you?  Have you completed your mission?  Have you had a burning bush experience?  What was your response?  Are you prepared to say, “Here am I, send me,” knowing that God, Jehovah Nissi, is our banner, and He goes before us into every battle.
 
 
 
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller? 35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
 
Israel has not completed the mission which God assigned for them to do.  What about you?  Have you completed your mission?  Have you had a burning bush experience?  What was your response?  Are you prepared to say, “Here am I, send me,” knowing that God, Jehovah Nissi, is our banner, and He goes before us into every battle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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