Moses – His Caller

As we continue in Exodus 3, we see who calls Moses. Yesterday we saw the call, today the Caller.

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3.13-14

Moses then is called by the I am, YAHWEH, the One without equivalent. Moses is called by the ultimate Caller, the Caller without equal, by the One whose existence is reliant on nothing and nobody else, the One who is entirely different and set apart (v.5).

There was another who used this title, another who described themselves this way, One who identified themselves in the same terms and in doing so identifies for us who was speaking from the bush, who is the Caller. Perhaps the most well-known example is from John 8

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

John 8.58-59

Upon hearing this, [the Jewspicked up stones to throw at him, because they knew this was Jesus identifying Himself as God, the great I am, YAHWEH, the LORD.

The same Caller of Moses is calling you. Jesus calls you to come to Him and drink of living water (John 7.37).

Jesus calls you to come to Him if you are weary and burdened.

Jesus calls you to come to Him and He will give you rest.

Jesus calls you to come to Him because He is gentle, humble, and in Him we find rest for our souls (Matthew 11.28-30).

The same Caller of Moses is calling you. Have you answered? Will you answer afresh today?

Moses – His Call

As we move into Exodus 3, we see that Moses is tending the flock of his new Father-in-Law (v.1), and he sees something so unusual and wonderful that he simply must stop and look (vv.2-3, cf. Psalm 19). He is then told this, 

When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said,

Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 

And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Exodus 3.4-6

The Lord called to Moses from the bush and Moses moved towards with an obedient answer of “Here I am“, only to be told, hey, that’s close enough, the place on which you are standing is holy ground. Moses is called, then, but cannot get too close to an altogether holy and righteous God. The gap between the natural, sinful, fleshly life of Moses and the altogether holy and righteous God was too much and Moses had to keep his distance.

For you and for me now, the call is still the same; the Lord calls you by name and expects you to answer “Here I am“. However, that is where the similarities end, as you can draw near to God, knowing He will draw near to you (James 4.8a). How then is this possible? How can you and I draw closer to God than even Moses, the great man used so mightily of God?

The ground between you and God has been bridged, buttressed, and branched by Jesus. You can now draw closer to God than Moses could here because of the finished work of Jesus. The call is the same, He calls you by name. Your response is the same, “Here I am“, but then you can draw close to God in a way Moses could never because of the shed blood of Jesus for you and your faith therein. He has covered the ground between you and God.

If you started to plot a course of how God has moved in your life, plot this today; I can draw nearer to God than even Moses because of what Jesus did for me.

Moses – His Start

As we continue through Exodus 2, Moses seems to have made a choice to identify with his people, the Hebrews. According to tradition, Moses was being trained and groomed to be the next Pharaoh of Egypt, but here made a conscious choice to identify with his people, God’s people (Exodus 2.11cf. Acts 7.23). Moses knew who he was, where he had come from, and where he felt the Lord leading him.

Moses knew, do you?

However, he took this identification and emotional attachment too far and killed an Egyptian (Exodus 2.12). Thinking the people would recognise his intentions to deliver them from slavery (Acts 7.25), he then tried to intervene in a dispute between two Hebrews, only to be rejected. 

Moses had identified with God’s people, identified himself emotionally and powerfully, but then overstepped in the actions that he took. He had skipped a really important step – humbling himself before the Lord. Whilst his plans may have had noble intention, they were his plans, not God’s plans (Proverbs 19.21).

Many years later, another Deliverer would be born who was shown favour from birth, who was obviously special as a child, who publicly and powerfully identified Himself with God’s people, who did humble Himself before the Lord before putting plans into action. Jesus is that Deliverer

What this means for you is that there is a way out of bondage, slavery, that there is a way out of metaphorical Egypt for you. Jesus has identified Himself with you through taking on flesh, living a sinless life, giving it up for you to satisfy the righteous requirements of a Holy God, and triumphing over sin and death through His resurrection. 

As great as Moses was, as much as he was the man called of God in that time and in that place, Jesus is the truer and better Moses, and He stands ready to offer you a way out of Egypt. Have you taken it?

Moses – His Birth

Exodus 2.1-10 introduces us to the birth and early life of Moses. Born amid turbulent times of tribulation and persecution (Exodus 1.22), the parents of Moses see that he was special (2.2, cf. Hebrews 11.23), and take extraordinary measure to keep him safe.

Miraculously the basket, the current of the river, the bathing location of Pharaoh’s daughter, and her emotional response upon seeing the crying child were all under the providential care of the Lord (vv.3-6). 

Moses’ parents’ act of faith in trusting him to the Lord are rewarded, and his Mother is actually then paid to raise her own son (vv.7-9). As a young man, Moses is adopted into the royal family and given all the privileges thereof (v.10). 

The parallels between the births of Moses and Jesus are inescapable:

Providential circumstances and intervention allowed the young boy to live amid a context of persecution and in the face of a royal death sentence – Matthew 2.13-18

The privileges of royalty were accorded to him although, as we will see, they were cast aside for God’s purposes and plans – Philippians 2.6

The birth of this child heralded a new beginning for God’s people; a man born to deliver them out of slavery and into a glorious new and renewed relationship with God, a man born to guide God’s people into a new chapter in their life of faith.

Moses, or Jesus?

Circumstances and events surrounding the birth of Moses all combined to showcase the glory and providence of God, and they give us a wonderful preview of Jesus.

Today, what is going on in your life that does the same? Pause, look…really look, and make a note of it. Start today to plot a course of how God is moving in your life. Write it down, journal it, bullet point it, just do something that you can look back on!

What is aligning and combining to show you, and those around you, just how good and glorious God is?