Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Pay close attention to the following story of one of God’s greatest faith giants – Moses, by name. Having been raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, with all his needs met by Pharaoh, Moses grew into manhood. There is little doubt that he knew he was Hebrew, for when Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew man, he arose and killed the Egyptian, and had to flee into the wilderness for his life. It is likely, that being a Hebrew, Moses knew of Abraham’s prophecy that the children of Israel would be set free from Egypt in 400 years. While he may not have known he was God’s chosen deliverer, it was at the 390th year that he killed the Egyptian. When we add the 40 years of Moses sojourning in the wilderness, we realize why Israel was held captive by the Egyptians for 430 years. Now we come to some very revealing moments (Exodus 3 & 4)
Moses is tending his father-in-law’s sheep. He sees a bush burning, an angel has risen out of the flame, and God calls out to Moses to take off his shoes for he is standing on holy ground. God identifies Himself to Moses, and Moses hides his eyes, being afraid to look upon God. It is obvious Moses had some knowledge of who God was. Can you imagine what is going through the mind of Moses? God continues to speak to Moses, telling him He is sending Moses to Pharaoh for the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. I am sure Moses is having a “You talking to me?” moment. God continues to speak to Moses, now informing him of the great signs and wonders He will do to see Israel set free, and how He will overcome the objection of Pharaoh and the questions of the people, and ultimately bring great riches into the hands of the Israelites from the Egyptians. In all these words, I am convinced Moses continues to have a “You talking to me?” moment.
Now think of this. Moses is talking to God, seeing an angel rise from a burning bush that is not being consumed. And when God tells him that he will deliver Israel from Egypt, Moses asks for a sign. His shepherd’s staff becomes a serpent, and then a rod again. Moses asks for a sign. His hand becomes leprous and then clean again, and Moses still requires a sign. At this point, God is becoming angry with Moses who is still having a “You talking to me?” moment, and is telling God he can’t speak well. Moses had several “You talking to me?” moments in this single encounter with God. Yet Father persisted in His call for Moses to deliver Israel. I am so glad God does not give up on those He would call because of their ”You talking to me?” moments. He is longsuffering toward us, wanting all to be saved.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4