“Wanted! Deliver, No Qualifications Necessary”
II.) Vs. 11-14 Who am I and what is Your Name?
III.) Vs. 15-22 I Am with You!
It is wonderful to see God reveal who He is before He ever tells Moses that, he has a plan for His life. Every where you go to day and talk with pastors about what they feel is the greatest need in the church today is to get people busy for the kingdom of God. There is a consumer mentality that has taken over the church of God. The folks at most church’s see themselves as mere customers. The question is how do we correct this problem? How do you take a bunch of folks who think they are the prince of Egypt and get them to a place where they just see themselves as servants?
Well, last week we saw that:
- You send them out in a deserted place and put them in the school of hard knocks.
- Once you have striped them from themselves, you give them a glimpse of Gods Holiness and their depravity, with a covering of Gods grace. You bring them down to bare wood. It’s not that Moses did not have a finish on Him, it just was not the right finish!
- Once you have done that they are ready, for the finishing. This week & next week we will see God applying the finish on Moses. Now this has many layers as well, in fact from 3:11-4:17 Moses lists 5 reasons why he could not be involved & in each of those 5 reasons God after doing some sanding applies another coat.
II.) Vs. 11-14 Who Am I and What Is Your Name?
Vs. 11 Moses having just encountered the character and nature of God was then told in verse 10, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Moses did not understand the little word, “therefore”. God had just revealed who he was and based upon who He was He was sending Moses. The important thing is not Moses it is the Who that is present with him. Look at Moses, “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Moses mistake 40 years earlier was that he tried to do the work of God in the strength of man. Forty years pass and Moses is still thinking the same way. The only difference was that forty years ago he had confidence now he has none. In verse 4 Moses responded to God revelation with the words, “Here I am..”, now when he realizes that God is going to work through his fears and failures he responds with, “Who am I..”
It seems that Moses sees himself as a “nobody” now. Moses argument goes something like this; “God I was a big man in Egypt 40 years ago and I failed, now I’m a nobody and you want to use me?”
Vs. 12a Look again at what Moses said, “Who am I..” and now look at God response, “I will certainly be with you.” God gets Moses off the focus of himself altogether.
The problem with us humans is that we are to aware of ourselves, both from a positive stand point, from a negative approach, consumed with our own failures. God ignores the human solution and gets Moses to look at God who is the only One able to deliver. God never answers the question of “who am I”; instead He reminds Moses of the fact that “He will certainly be with him.” The important question is not who we are it is whether or not God is with us!
In the Hebrew the words “I will be” is the first person singular form of the words “I am”, though they have different tenses they are the same word. God is revealing to Moses that I am is with you. Moses confidence must never be in himself at all it must be in God who is sending him.
Vs. 12b Now notice the second part of this, “..And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” God says that He will give Moses a sign but not until after he has done what God has told him to do. We often look for signs to see if we should move forward but God gives signs only confirming our step of faith! So that we will learn to trust who God is above what He does. If our faith is tied to what God dose, then there is no true faith it must be tied to Who He is. Faith: Is when we take what we know to be true about God and use that to interpret our situation and circumstances. God is simply getting Moses to act upon Gods character! God does not say, “If” in this sign. Instead He says (When and shall), “When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” This is Gods personal guarantee. God is telling Moses, “You’re not going alone!”
Now matter what we are facing God is in control of your life and you’re not going alone. Further more with Him in charge you are going to have victory! Because that is what God tells Moses here, “When you have brought them out..”
Vs. This brings Moses to another question: Who is God? God had told Moses that what matter was who was going with him not who he was. So Moses wants further clarification on who God is. God had shown Moses that He was Holy, full of grace compassionate and a God of action, but how would that play out in every day life, especially when it came to leading a nation out of Egypt? Moses is trying to play out different scenarios in his head. He is thinking about all the possibilities of failure and the first one he is reminded of is the fact that last time he went to just one Hebrew and acted on his behalf he said, “who made you prince and judge?” Moses is ready to go but what about the 3 million Jews? They may need a little more to go on then “God told me!” In those days’ names meant something as they represented a person’s character. In the book of Genesis every time God revealed more of His Character He did so with a new name like “El, which means high” or “Shaddai, which means mighty”. Even the Egyptians named their gods after their perceived attributes like “Ra, which means swift.”
Vs. 14 God reveals His character to Moses in the words “I am” and there are different tenses of the same Hebrew word further more so is the word translated LORD in verses 15-16. In verse 15-16 that the word LORD is all in capitals. The reason is that in the Hebrew that is just the constants YHVH. This is the same word only in the third person singular of the word to be, and means He is or He will be. God is revealing in this the covenant name for God that it is He who makes and keeps His promises. God is and always has been and always will be! God wanted Moses and the Israelites to know:
- That it is only He that exists, there are no other Gods. He is the God who is and all others are figments of people’s imaginations.
- That he is self-existent. He is the only creator and has no creator. God exists apart from and independent from anyone or anything. Practically, He is a God who does not need any help, thus there is nothing that can thwart His will.
- That he is unchangeable. He is not the God that has evolved or was anything else. What ever he was, He continues to be and will be forever. Thus what He has begun to do He will bring into completion because there are no changes which can happen to alter His plans and purposes.
If you go to the gospel of John, you will find Jesus referring to himself as “I am” and each of the seven times he does he puts an end on it.
1.) John 6:35 To those that are hungry and thirsty He declares: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
2.) John 8:12 To those who are in darkness, He declares: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
3.) John 10:9 To those that can’t find their way, He declares: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
4.) John 10:11 To those that need protection, He declares: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
5.) John 11:25 To those that are down and out, He declares: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
6.) John 14:6 To those in need of direction, He declares: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
7.) John 15:1 To those searching for meaning, He declares: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”
Simply put “I Am” allows you to fill in the blank to meet your needs. What ever you may need God is the One who alone can meet that need. Further more with God there is no WAS or WILL BE there is only the present. God is today, all that He was He still is. He has nothing to learn, nothing to acquire, nothing to become. He alone is reality.
III.) Vs. 15-22 I Am with You!
Vs. 15 God shows how He is going to be with Moses. This verse as well as in verse 6 God declares that He is the God that keeps His promises. But did you notice that referring to all these men who have died God never says that, “He WAS the God of them.” God is the God of the living not the God of the dead and even the end of life will not thwart His purpose and promises!
17 times in these 12 verses God shares with Moses that He will do and it shall happen!
Vs. 16 God wants them to know that He knows their past, (He has seen). Maybe you are going through something right now and you feel as if God does not care, but He does He sees it and in His timing He will act!
Vs. 17 Further more God has a plan for their future blessing. Oh there are some battles ahead in that land as well but God will do the fighting. I think often we get bummed out because we don’t realize that God is at work all along. We don’t have to make it happen we can trust Him!
Vs. 18-22 God lays out exactly what will happen before it comes to pass. What this shows us is all that we can do is be faithful it is only the Lord that can cause it to come out right. When you come right down to it, all we have going for us is God! But with God being for us who can be against us? God will see to it that you will be returned the lost wages while you were in bondage, He will take care of the hard-hearted Pharaoh’s. You won’t leave empty handed! So how about it, are you ready to trust Him?