Thursday, September 27, 2012

God States He Intends To Use Moses - Exodus 3:9-10


“And now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.  Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Here God repeats what he had already mentioned earlier -- the fact that “the cry of the sons of Israel” has reached Him and that He had seen the oppression the Israelites were suffering under the Egyptians.  God is not always one of many words as you may have noticed through your reading of the Bible.  So when He takes the time to repeat something, it’s important.  And when what He repeats is a loving and caring expression of His concern for us, then I take great heart in it.  And so it is with these repeated statements that can be applied to us.  He hears our cries to Him.  He notes our sufferings.  He is fully aware of our situations, whatever they may be.

But He does not stop there.  The next word He utters to Moses (and thus to us) is “Therefore” and then He commences to outline His plan for getting the Israelites out of Egypt and freeing them from their oppressors.  God is moved to action when His heart is moved by what He hears and sees.  And we note that our God is a God of ‘planned action’.  His steps are well thought out in advance and His sense of timing is critical.

And then the next phrase is an example of how God approaches His children with respect to His plan.  He says to Moses, “Come now”.  Those are words of love from a Father to a son.  They remind me of the words in Isaiah chapter one, verse 18, where God says to the wayward Israel, “Come now, and let us reason together.”  God is forceful but He is not dictatorial.  He invites us to be part of His solution for mankind.  But we also must not neglect the significance of the word ‘now’ in the phrase “Come now.”  I am reminded here of the numerous times one of us adults (parents and grandparents) of my grandchildren calls to one of them and says, “Come now and see . . .”.  But instead, they dilly-dally and take their time and when they do get to us, the wonderful thing we were going to share with them (the Blue Jay at the feeder, the salmon in the river, the snake in the grass, the bee sucking nectar from a flower, etc.) has gone.  They’ve missed the opportunity to be part of the experience.  So it is with God; when He calls and says, “Come now” we can’t saunter over at our own pace; not if we’re going to be at His service.

Then God proceeds to give Moses his task.  He will send Moses to Pharaoh and it will be Moses that brings God’s people out of Egypt on God’s behalf.  What a privilege for Moses to have God want to use him in this way.

This whole scenario is a prototype of what God was going to do when He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ to deliver all of mankind from their sins and the oppression those sins cause.  Jesus had the awesome opportunity to be in His Father’s Service.  And God uses men and women even today to accomplish His plans for one, for a group, for the whole world.  There is much to be done at each of those levels.  Our job is to find out what God is doing and wants to do, commit ourselves to being available, stay close to His side when He utters the words, “Come now” directly to us, and then rely fully on Him to enable us to do what He asks.  Are you willing?  Are you ready?  He is able.

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