Redeeming the Plagues: Part 20

Moses’ D-Day: Part 2

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” – Exodus 3:11-12

Listen to that…

You will worship God on this mountain.

Its not… you might, its a solid promise of ‘You will.’

God is consistently making, ‘You will’ promises to us. His covenant is consistently, ‘You will’ – not as a command – but as a blessing.

Look at what he said to Abraham, even though the man had no normal hope of having descendants…

Then the Lord said to him [Abraham], “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will come back hereGenesis 15:13-16

Even when it looks like all is lost – there is still a coming victory –

Genesis 3:14-15…. (Immediately after God confronts Adam and Eve about their sin.)

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

 

Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy of Jesus Christ’s victory. It is only a curse or an ultimatum for the evil serpent.

Just like Moses when he he fled Egypt, all seemed lost, but that is not true. It only appears like that to our limited human vision. God lives outside of our history, present and future – so he can step in anytime he pleases.

And step in, God did – just like in the Garden, and just like in the lives of Abraham and Moses –

Jesus recognized it as he prayed in Gethsemane.

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)

I used to think this was a passive aggressive prayer. But its not…

This is the reaction Moses had as well. “Who am I that you would send me?”

But Jesus knew who he was. And because he knew identity as a much loved son – and Moses knew his identity as a displaced person – Jesus responded with confidence in his father, while Moses could not.

But we’ll see Moses quietly gain confidence through the rest of his journey. He will learn of his value, and as he learns about the God of his forefathers, he will settle into the role of leader of God’s people and partner with God… fulfilling the promise God gave to Abraham.

 

All Bible verses are from Bible Gateway.

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