Encountering the Burning Bush

Moses before the burning bushOur Sunday School lesson today was based on Exodus 3-4, where Moses encounters God in the burning bush. Here God is commissioning Moses to become His prophet to speak God’s word to the Israelite elders and to Pharaoh and to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

As usual, you learn most through teaching.

Moses doesn’t feel qualified. He tries to convince God that the Israelites aren’t likely to listen to little old, fugitive, shepherd, stuttering Mo.

But take a look at everything God says to Moses:

  1. I have heard them crying out…
  2. I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians…
  3. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt
  4. I will be with you.
  5. it is I who have sent you

God keeps saying “I have” and “I will.” It’s not about Moses or what he will do. It’s all about what God was about to do.

Saint Paul had a couple of great lines that address the point I’m getting at-

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” 2 Corinthians 4:7

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

No matter how broken, warped or inadequate we think we are, God can, and will still use us. Moses is often thought of as a hero of faith, one of the greatest prophets and most important patriarchs of three major world religions, yet he didn’t think he was capable of speaking to let alone leading anyone. But it wasn’t about his power or capability, it was about God’s plan.

Feel foolish? Inadequate? Vulnerable? Sinful? Burnt? Beat? A basket-case? You’re not alone. But guess what? God doesn’t care how unqualified or spoiled you think you are. It’s not what you can do, it’s what He’ll do through you.

Moses wasn’t accepted by his former adopted society or class of Egyptians. Nor was he accepted by the society he was born to. Did he even know that his wet nurse was really his mother? Like someone of mixed race in our time, he probably felt alienated from both worlds. Then, he fled Egypt after avenging the mistreatment of an Israelite by an Egyptian. When we join him in chapter 3, he was a humble shepherd for his father-in-law out in the desert. Poor, dependent, humbled. Yet God chose to speak to him face to face.

Sounds like something else Paul wrote to the Corinthians.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27.

Seek God in His Word and in prayer. Be open to His leading. Ask Him to make you His instrument. No matter how lowly you think you are, He can do amazing things through you.

PRAYER: “God let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am”. David Brainerd.

 

 

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