Read - Exodus 3:11-12
Message - Alan Burke
Who would you choose, successful business person or someone down on their luck, a new graduate or one who hasn’t worked since they qualified a few years ago, someone in their twenties or someone past retirement age? (You don’t need to put your answers below). But if it was you would you have called Moses when he was prince or a shepherd, when he was forty years old in the palace or at eighty years old in the wilderness, when he was a somebody or a nobody?
Today even with all the anti discrimination laws that there are I doubt that Moses would be given the chance. Yet God called Moses the shepherd in the wilderness not the prince in Egypt, he called the Moses who was eighty years old and not forty, he called Moses when he was a nobody not a somebody. And to this Moses says;
“Who am I that I should go”
Who was Moses, well the important thing is not who he is, but whose he is and who is ever present with him. In other words, Moses should redirect his attention from himself to his God. For it is now Moses status or worth that make him important, that make him fit for the task that lies ahead, it is not his education or how he was a shepherd although God had been preparing him in these tasks, what made him the right choice was God. God would do it, not Moses, this was all the work of God in his plan to redeem his people and bring salvation to the ends of the earth, then it would have been a very different exchange, but Moses was caught up in himself even though God assured him that where he now stood God’s people would worship him (12).
A few things that we should notice, Moses was an undeserving sinner yet God was going to use him, he was a sinner, a murder a fallen man who hid his face from God because he knew he deserved the earth of God. In truth is that all of us are undeserving sinners, you may be sitting at home thinking that your sin is to great for you ever to be forgiven or use by God well there is a reason Moses is listed among the heroes of the faith (Heb 11:23-28). Well it’s a good thing that God is not like you or I and it's a good thing his grace is sufficient because as the psalmist reminds us in Psalm 130:3 If the LORD should mark iniquities who could stand?
The truth is not one of us!
Remember God “saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5-6). Know that it is because you are not good enough, that you are unworthy that Jesus came, turn to him in repentance and faith.
Secondly the God who calls also who calls us to service also equips us to serve (2 Peter 1:3). Moses learned this during his life, the apostles of Jesus who were uneducated, ordinary men learnt and experienced this truth (Acts 4:13) and believers continue to learn experience this truth today. When God calls us to service. He also gives us what we need to perform that service. Remember His grace is sufficient for you, His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:9).
Q 77 What is required in the ninth commandment?
The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, (Zech. 8:16) and of our own and our neighbour’ s good name, (3 John 12) especially in witness-bearing. (Prov. 14:5,25)