EXODUS. 3:1-4:17


1. God Calls Moses 3: 1-10

• God initiates the encounter with Moses. Vv 1-4
• Moses knows he is in the presence of a holy God. V 5
• God identifies Himself as God of Moses’ ancestors. V 6
• God tells Moses His plan. Vv 7-10

2. Moses Responds to God

a. “Who am I?” 3: 11-12

Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? (v 11).
Our problem: affirmation. God’s answer: His Presence. Trust Him.

b. “What is your name?” 3:13-22
Suppose they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them? (v13)

Our problem: authority. God’s answer: His Person. Know Him.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.
This is what you are to say to the Israel-ites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob–has sent me to you.’
This is my name forever, the name by which I AM to be remembered from generation to generation.

In verses 16-22:
(1) Moses is to assemble the elders and relays God’s intention of delivering His people (vv 16-17).

(2) Moses is then to go to Pharaoh with the elders to request a three-day journey to worship God in the desert (vv 18-20).

(3) Moses is to tell the women to “collect,” as it were, the wages the Israelites had earned in Egypt (vv 21-22).

c. “What if they don’t believe me…? 4:1-9
What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’? (v 1)

Our problem: acceptance of our ministry. God’s answer: His Power to authenticate our ministry.

3 signs:
• Turning Moses’ shepherd staff into a snake (vv 2-5).
• Inflicting Moses’ skin with disease and then curing it (vv 6-7).
• Changing water from the Nile to blood (vv 8-9).

d. “I have never been eloquent.” 4:10-12
O Lord, I have never been eloquent,…I am slow of speech and tongue. (v 10)

Our problem: ability. God’s answer: His Provision.

e. “Please send someone else.” 4:13-17

O my Lord, please send someone else to do it. (v 13)
Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite?
(v 14)

—————————— question for sermon discussion —————————————————

  1. What did God do to call Moses to serve Him?
    – How do you think God calls us today to serve Him in church leadership or in ordinary church tasks?
    – What do you believe God has called you to do in the church?
  2. What are the reasons that Moses is reluctant to answer God’s call?
    – Which of his excuses are legitimate; which are not?
    – What reluctance about Moses can you identify with him?
    – Do you think your reluctance is legitimate or not legitimate?
  3. What is the most important lesson you learn from this passage or sermon?
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