STORY #4: DELIVERANCE: MOSES AND EXODUS
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush.” (Exodus 3:1-2).
At the end of the Book of Genesis, we found Jacob and his twelve sons and their families settling into Egypt, thanks to God’s providential hand upon Joseph. However, as we enter Exodus, several generations have gone by, and the new ruling Pharaoh does not remember Joseph, and so he sets harsh taskmasters over the children of Israel. Fearing their great growth in numbers, Pharaoh orders that all of the male children born to the Hebrews are to be killed. The Israelites are now in bondage and slavery, but during this time, they cry out to God for deliverance. And God hears their prayers.
So God finds a man named Moses, a shepherd in the backside of a desert, and appears to him in the midst of a burning bush. God calls Moses to go and deliver his people, but Moses says no! He begins to make excuses, and says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” God responds by saying, “I will certainly be with you.”
Then Moses asks a second question: “Who are you?” God says, “I AM!” Notice He is not the “I Was” – the God of the past; nor is He the “I Will Be” – the God of the future. Rather, He is the God who is present, right here, right now, to help us in our lives.
From Moses’ story, we discover that if we want to do great things for God, there are two things we need to know: We need to know who we are – loved by God, created in His image, accepted in the beloved. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). And we need to know who God is – the all-loving, all-powerful Saviour, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, and our Friend. What is God calling you to do for Him today? You CAN do it – in His strength!
THE STORY BIBLE READING FOR THIS WEEK: Exodus 1-7;10-17