We will begin this lesson in Exodus 3:1 “Now Moses kept the flock

of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the

flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God,

[even] to Horeb.”

 

It appears that Moses, after forty years, was still working for his

father-in-law. Jethro and Reuel, as we said in the last lesson, were,

probably, the same person. Jethro means “his excellence”, which is a

title, and Reuel was his name. Here, we see Moses leading this flock

away from so many of the neighbor’s flock, to a place where,

probably, very few came.  The Mount of God, called Horeb here, was,

probably, Sinai.  At least, they were in the same range. This flock,

mentioned here, are, probably, sheep.  We see Moses for the last forty

years living a very peaceful life, settling down, and having a family,

and actually changing from a youthful forty to an old man of eighty

years. At any rate, he has had plenty of time to think about his life.

 

Exodus 3:2 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame

of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the

bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed.”

 

This appearance here, in my opinion, was actually the Spirit of the

Lord Jesus Christ. We know that the baptism that Jesus brings is the

baptism of fire, and also, Jesus is the Lord.  This was not a regular

fire, but the fire of the Spirit, because a regular fire would have

burned this bush up. This had to be the fire of the Spirit.  In

Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he

that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy

to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:”

This fire, I believe, is the Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

 

Exodus 3:3 “And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this

great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”

 

For this shepherd, it would not have been unusual to see a bush

catch on fire and burn up, but to see one on fire that did not burn up

had caught Moses’ attention, and he went to investigate this phenomenon.

 

Exodus 3:4 “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God

called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here [am] I.”

 

Here, we see the call of Moses to a very great task.  God calls to

each of us, but some of us do not answer, “Here am I”.  Notice, here,

that the Spirit of God can appear in any form. God is a Spirit, We see

in John 4:24 in Jesus’ own words, because it is printed red in the

Bible, John 4:24 “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must

worship [him] in spirit and in truth.” You see, God does not have to

conform to what we believe.  We believe, when He does it His way.  We

see, here, the Spirit of God speaking to Moses from the bush.

 

    Exodus 3:5 “And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes

from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy

ground.”

 

This, to me, is something that we all forget from time to time.

In the presence of God is holy ground. I feel that our place of

worship, is a holy place, and should be approached with great respect.

The actual room in the church where the preaching takes place, I

believe, should be treated with great respect. There should be no

eating, or drinking, or even really loud talking. This one place, I

believe, should be set aside as a special place to come and talk with

God. Our society has gotten far too casual with God. God deserves our

respect and worship.

 

Exodus 3:6 “Moreover he said, I [am] the God of thy 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.”

 

Here, again, we see that this was, probably, the one we know as Jesus,

because He is the God of the faithful. Abraham was the father of the

faithful, as we see in Galatians 3:6 “Even as Abraham believed God,

and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:7 “Know

ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children

of Abraham.” Probably, Moses had been taught by his Hebrew mother to

reverence God.  Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

 

Exodus 3:7  “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction

of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason

of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;”

 

The Lord was telling Moses that He was aware of the terrible cruelty

these taskmasters had shown the Israelites.  God is not unaware of

our problems. He not only knows, but cares. If we cry out to Him for

help, He is always there to answer.  In the case of these Israelites,

they were a long time asking, but now God had heard them and was about

to free them.

 

Exodus 3:8 “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of

the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land

and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place

of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the

Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”

 

Notice, here, that it was God who would deliver them.  Moses was the

instrument God used, but it was God who delivered. This desert land of

Egypt had become a real heartache.  By this time, they had cultivated

the land around Goshen to the extent that the land was not producing

like it first did.  God was promising these descendents of Abraham a

better life. This promised land that God was promising is about 11,000

square miles, and would be large enough to handle this approximately

three million people.  However, it is a very small area compared to

other countries.  It is approximately the size of one of the smaller

states here in the U.S.  This land, when God was speaking to Moses, was

already occupied by ungodly people.  This was, however, the land that

God promised Abraham a few hundred years before. God had given these

people, who were in the land, a space to repent of their evil ways; and

they had not, and now the Israelites were to claim their inheritance.

 

Exodus 3:9 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of

Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith

the Egyptians oppress them.” Exodus 3:10 “Come now therefore, and I

will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people

the children of Israel out of Egypt.”

 

God is always in sympathy with the oppressed.  He was even more in

sympathy with the Israelites, for they were His covenant people. God is

always against those who are cruel to others, and that certainly was the

case here. These Egyptian taskmasters had been very cruel. Here, we

see God telling Moses exactly what his (Moses’) call was. He was to go

to Pharaoh and represent all the Israelites. Moses was commanded of

God to bring them out of Egypt.  Sometimes, the things that God calls

us to do seems very near impossible to carry out; but we must remember

that when God calls us to do a task, He will see to it that it is

possible for us to do it.

 

Exodus 3:11  “And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should

go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel

out of Egypt?”

 

Here, we see Moses, humble, believing that he was not capable of

doing this job that God had called him to do.  Some have called Moses

the most humble man who ever lived, except for Jesus. One of the

reasons God calls anyone to service for Him, is because He realizes

that within themselves they cannot do the job.  God doesn’t call

someone to work for Him, because he can already do whatever He has

called him for.  God wants to work through us.  The only thing we

need to do, is be willing to be used of God. One of the very first

things those working for God must realize, is that within ourselves we

do not have the power, or know-how to accomplish the job at hand. We

must totally submit ourselves to God.  It is His power in us, not our

own power, that gets the job done.  God just wants a willing vessel. He

will furnish the ability and power (from Him) to accomplish the task.

I say one more time, the most important attribute God is looking for is

someone who knows they can’t do the job. They must know that God,

working in them, gets the job done. All He wants us to say is “Here am

I, send me”. A willing, humble heart is what God is looking for. If we

are proud of ourselves and self-sufficient, He can’t use us. Moses

knows that he tried to help an Israelite brother and had to flee for

his life. He knows that this venture will fail if Moses has to depend

upon himself. God had made a good choice. Moses knows his need for God

working in him. We, too, must realize to accomplish anything for God,

we have to just be an open vessel. We must receive from God ourselves,

and use this power from God to work.  God does it. We just furnish the

body. The nearer we are to God, the more we feel capable of doing the

things He has called us to. In our weakness, God is strong. Our

sufficiency is of God, and not ourselves.  I cannot say it enough. We

are not capable within ourselves to do anything for God. We must allow

the Holy Spirit of God to work in us and through us. The power is

God’s power, not our own.

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