And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. Exodus 5:1
So the time has finally come for Moses and Aaron to confront Pharaoh and demand that he lets their people go! This is a bold request to be made by Moses, however He is answering his call by God to do this. The same is when you go to preach the gospel to unsaved people, as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19)
Notice their reason for the request, so the Israelites may worship God! Simple as that, the Israelites want their freedom of religion, their right to worship the true God of Israel. This is a right, that many of us take for granted on a daily basis! While in some countries Christians will risk their lives to attend a Church service, other Christians refuse to attend a Church service under their own authority
And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Exodus 5:2
Notice Pharaohs response, Who is Yahweh? This is probably the same response many non believers will give when you preach them the gospel. Their eyes and ears are blinded, they live in darkness because they dont have the Holy Spirit. Pharaoh declares “He doesnt know Yahweh”
Well atleast Pharaoh is being honest, while many profess to know Christ, Jesus said He doesn’t even know many of them (Matthew 7) God is going to introduce himself personally to Pharaoh, as He is going to send the plagues which will reveal Gods sovereignty and He truly does exist!
And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. Exodus 5:3
Notice Moses and Aaron had the Fear of God, their telling Pharaoh if you reject God he will display his wrath upon you. Many today don’t want to Fear God and even talk about Gods wrath. They try to create a God in their own image or mind that doesn’t judge or shouldnt be feared, this is not Biblical
The Fear of Yahweh (The Lord) is the beginning of wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 9:10) Many dont know God because they dont fear God, they have no reverence or respect for him. Pharaoh is about to find out all about the true Living God, as the Bible says “ Its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God” (Hebrews 10:31) Amen!
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. Exodus 4:21
Moses being faithful to God, packed up his entire family and headed to Egypt with a confrontation with Pharah. God informed Moses, all the men that were looking to kill him have already passed away, as it has now been 40 years since Moses was back in Egypt
Earlier God allowed Moses to perform a couple miracles to prove He was with him, same He is going to allow Moses to perform these miracles to convince the Israelites that God is truly with them.
One of the most pondered scriptures is how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, what does this mean? Well remember God is in complete control always, He may give us free will and allow things to happen, but ultimately God is in complete control. God is going to use Pharaoh to revive an entire nation, Thy Will Be Done!
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn. Exodus 4:22-23
Notice God considers the Israelites his children, just as we are now Gods Children through Jesus Christ. Imagine the Creator of the Heavens and The Earth considers you so dearly. And anyone who harms his children has serious consequences
Pharaoh’s refusal to repent for the sins committed against the Israelites is going to cost him severely. Just as our sins , if not repented, will cost us severely also. Remember Christ is the only Begotten Son, anyone who rejects and sins against him will be punished
You are either a Child of God or you are Pharaoh! Wow right, anyone who is not washed by the blood of Christ is an enemy of Christ. You may not like that or you might not agree with that, but remember God is in complete control Amen!
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. Exodus 4:10
When God called Moses to be the mediator between Him and the Israelites, what was Moses’ initial response? His first response is “God I can’t do this”, Moses went on to tell God that he had a speech impediment, maybe Moses stuttered we are not sure, but Moses didn’t feel confident standing in front of all of Egypt and the Hebrews giving them Gods message
Maybe we have done the same thing, maybe God has called us to do something and our response is “Not me God, I can’t do that” But don’t you think God is well aware of our disabilities, God is well aware of our circumstances, but He has called us anyway, Why? Because you are not walking alone, The Lord is your Shepherd
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Exodus 4:11-12
Notice Gods response to Moses plea, Who made your mouth Moses? Who made every human on this planet? Its God Almighty and He knows everything about You, your struggle, your obstacle is no surprise to Him
Then God says to Moses “Go”, God wasn’t looking for excuses, God didnt make a mistake selecting Moses, God is saying “Even though you are slow in speech Moses, you are going to be the mouth of God”
This is the power and glory of God, He can take the ones the world looked down upon, the ones the world has cast aside, and God will raise them up to be His soldiers!
And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. Exodus 4:13-14
Notice Moses is still afraid to answer Gods calling, think about that! At this point God became angry with Moses, why? Because Moses is not putting his trust in God, hes letting his fear overcome his faith
But God has a solution, He will send his brother Aaron to help him! When we look back at our lives we probably would agree some people have been God sents , people come in your life for the right reasons.
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. Exodus 4:15
Notice God is not expecting Moses to figure everything out himself, He said “I will put the words in your mouth and I will teach you what to do” God didnt send Moses out to Egypt and say Good luck
If God has called you to do something, He will walk with you, He will teach you what to do! Dont be afraid to step out in faith, be equipped with the Holy Spirit. “Greater is He living inside of Me, than He who is living in the world” (1John 4:4) Amen!
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 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. Exodus 3:13-14
A great revelation is being revealed to Moses, God is revealing himself as “The Great I AM” Now at first glance, the name I AM doesn’t really make sense, what kind of name is this? However as we look deeper at the Hebrew and the context of the scripture, we see that God is revealing He is Eternal, Who Is, Who was , and Who is to come (Revelation 1:8)
Imagine Moses having to go back to the Israelites, whom He abandoned 40 years ago at the fear of Pharoah, now Moses has to come back and declare God has sent him to deliver them from slavery. Its not going to be an easy mission for Moses, however by faith Moses answered the calling
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 3:15
Now God The Father reveals his real name , Yahweh. Remember anytime you see the word LORD in the Old Testament, its usually the translation of Yahweh. So why did God reveal himself as The I AM earlier? Because this is a title, it means He created the Heavens and The Earth, He breathed his breath into our bodies, The Great I AM
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:58-59
Fast forward to Jesus Christ, what did Jesus just say? Before Abraham was I AM? Jesus couldnt be implying what we think he is implying, right? Well the religious leaders thought so as they picked up stones to kill him. Yeah they believed Jesus was declaring he is The Great I AM
You might say “Well that was a fluke or a mistake” well Jesus declared himself The Great I AM seven times in the gospel of John. Notice the symbolic number of seven which means completion.
If you dont know what to call God, call Him The Great I AM, Who Is, Who Was, and Who Is To Come In Jesus Name Amen!
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2
Here’s a moment that will change Moses’ life forever! Now remember Moses fled into the Wilderness in fear of Pharaoh. So now Moses went from living in royalty to being a Shepherd in the wilderness. Moses probably thought God was finished with him, but God was just getting started
Anytime we see “Angel of the Lord” in caps its talking about Jesus. Remember the word “Angel” actually means Messenger, and LORD is translated from Gods name Yahweh. So more accurately you can read this as the Messenger of Yahweh.
But why a Burning Bush? Remember scripture tells us “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29) Could this be revelation of the Holy Spirit? Regardless God got Moses attention!
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Exodus 3:4-5
God has called Moses by name and notice how Moses responds “Here I am”. When God is calling you, how do you respond? Now some might say but “Moses is a murder” , “Moses is not a holy man”, but God is merciful and he will take those who have a heart for him and use them for His glory
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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 upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; Exodus 3:6-7
God clearly identifies himself as the God of Israel. Notice God didn’t forget about the Israelites and was aware of their suffering. I’m sure most of them thought God had forgotten about them, maybe some of them even questioned Gods existence. However God still had a redemption plan for them, just as he does for us!
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10
God is now going to send Moses back to Egypt to save his people! Moses probably figured He would never set foot in Egypt again, however God has different plans! Moses was probably wondering how this would all work out, but God knows the beginning and the end
We need to learn from Moses to trust in God and lean not on our own understanding , even if you failed God in the past, he can restore you and use you for His glory Amen!