Exodus 3 & 4: Who Am I?
Verse of the Day: (3:11) And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
1. Who (3:1-22)
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (3:14)
When the holy God appeared to Moses at the burning bush - where the bush never really got burnt - and commanded him that he shall be the one delivering the people of Israel out of the bondage of the Egyptians, and bringing them to the Promised Land, Moses’s reply was, Who am I? Moses was shocked as he was a murderer running away from Pharaoh who was after his life for killing an Egyptian, and the last thing he expected from God was that he would be appointed as the deliverer of Israel. Moses was now 80 years old, and he had spent 40 years of his life as the prince of Egypt - a Somebody - and another 40 years as a fugitive - a Nobody - and now God had appointed him to be the deliverer of Israel - God’s body - for the next 40 years, before God took him home to glory at the good old age of 120. (Deuteronomy 34:7). Indeed, God is I AM THAT I AM, and He can do anything and everything for us, and with Him, there is nothing impossible!
2. Words (4:1-17)
And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. (4:15)
Moses confessed to God that he lacked eloquence, and feared most to confront Pharaoh, the powerful king of Egypt. God reprimanded Moses, and then enlisted Aaron, Moses’ brother, who was eloquent, to help him speak to Pharaoh. God assured Moses that He shall be with him and Aaron, and shall give them His words to speak to Pharaoh to release the people of Israel from slavery as well as Egypt so that they shall go and possess the Promised Land. Indeed, we may think that we have not much confidence and skills, but let us fully commit to God, and let Him use us in His works and for His glory.
3. Wonders (4:18-31)
And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand, but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. (4:21)
God knows the end from the beginning – God knows everything! God told Moses and Aaron that even with all the wonders and miracles that He shall perform through them, Pharaoh would continue to harden his heart. However, the day shall come when God shall send the angel of death to destroy the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, then shall Pharaoh beg God for His mercy, and immediately release the people of Israel from Egypt.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are my everything, and without You I am nothing.