Exodus – God’s Way Out
God reintroduces Himself to His people who have been working hard to just survive. They have multiplied in numbers only to be used as slaves to ungodly leaders in a land they do not belong.
As we read, notice God’s description of Himself to Moses, as this unlikely, stuttering, murdering shepherd becomes the person God sends to lead His people out of Egypt. It is more about WHO God is than who He uses.
Remember that…when He sends you.
Exodus 3, The Message
1-2 Moses was shepherding the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the west end of the wilderness and came to the mountain of God, Horeb. The angel of God appeared to him in flames of fire blazing out of the middle of a bush. He looked. The bush was blazing away but it didn’t burn up.
3 Moses said, “What’s going on here? I can’t believe this! Amazing! Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”
4 God saw that he had stopped to look. God called to him from out of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
He said, “Yes? I’m right here!”
5 God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.”
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father: The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”
Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.
7-8 God said, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt, get them out of that country and bring them to a good land with wide-open spaces, a land lush with milk and honey, the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
9-10 “The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”
11 Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12 “I’ll be with you,” God said. “And this will be the proof that I am the one who sent you: When you have brought my people out of Egypt, you will worship God right here at this very mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”
15 God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.
16-17 “Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’
18 “Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’
19-22 “I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to, so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off. I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on your sons and daughters. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!”
WHO IS GOD?
God’s identity and character is revealed to Moses who grew up as an Egyptian. God repeats so Moses is clear it will be God doing the work in and through Moses.
1. I AM – I was, I am and I always will be.
2. I AM the God of your ancestry; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
3. I KNOW what is happening, heard the cries and I know about their pain.
4. Now I have come down with a way out.
5. I AM determined to get you out.
6. I will be with you. You will worship Me when the plan is complete.
7. I AM the one who sends you. I AM in control.
8. GOD is my name now and forever more. I AM
10.Believe Me…who sends you.
11.I KNOW what you are up against.
12.I WILL intervene.
13.I WILL protect you.
14.I WILL provide for your needs for the journey out.
Who is God in your thinking and understanding? Who does God say He is?
Does God still speak to our hearts today?
Can God’s glory seen and felt as we go through good times and bad? Do miracles still happen?
When have you experienced a “God-sent” time in your life when you felt totally inadequate for the work He has invited you to do?
What is the bottom line in this story? Who God sends or Who God is?
When we center our thoughts on God, the story of how He works in the lives of others bring us closer to understanding how He works in and through all of us. It’s not about us.
I AM is life. I AM sent Jesus to save us. I AM loves us and wants us to love him back. I AM is our Father who is always with us if we believe and will always protect us and provide for our needs.
I AM knows the way out. Follow Him.
Thank you for reintroducing Yourself to us through Your word this morning. Thank You for saving our souls. Thank you for Your relentless love, amazing grace and undeserved mercy. I love you back with all my heart, mind and soul. You are God, I AM, and i am not. Only You will be worshiped and praised for eternity. Thank you for being with us.
In Jesus Name and by Your Power in us, Amen