THE BURNING BUSH- MOSES CALLING – EXODUS CHAPTER 3 & 4

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Have you ever felt unworthy or imperfect about doing something that God has placed on your inside? Have you wondered why God choose you into ministry? As a result of your calling, have you had self-doubt and fear? All these are questions we tend to ask ourselves at some point in life. The truth is…… yes sometimes we are so much afraid that we question the call of God upon our lives. God choose his people to fulfil his promises. He chose this great man Moses to be the deliverer of the children of Israel. As we so in our last article, Moses almost didn’t live. He would have been among the male children that would have been thrown into the Nile river. Pharoah’s daughter rescued him and eventually become her own son because she drew him out of the water.

“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10 KJV)

Moses sensed the call of God even way before God spoke audible to him inside the burning Bush at mount Sanai. We see that he stood in when an Egyptian was fighting with a Hebrew. He also stood in when a Hebrew was fighting with a Hebrew.

“11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” (Exodus 1:11-13 NIV)

As a result of him settling the dispute between his own people, Moses own people (Isrealites) rejected him and he fled to Midian.

“14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well” (Exodus 2:14-15 NIV)

Moses was in a strange land and God blessed him with a wife Zipporah. Moses continued tending the sheep that belonged to his father-in-law Jethro. Bottom line was he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. It was at that point that his preliminary calling was revealed to him. God spoke to him from a miraculous burning bush that was not consumed. This holy and unusual fire was to purify israel and judge the Egyptians. Moses was inquisitive and wanted to investigate how a bush could burn without being consumed. However, I have come to realise that when God wants to get our attention, He can do anything to get things done. In Moses case, He used the burning bush.

“2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (Exodus 3:2-3).

I’m sure Moses was afraid and that was why he covered his face. God told him to remove his sandals because he was standing on holy ground. Thank God for his obedience! This holy ground was not his final destination but was a place where God called him. It signifies the intensity of how powerful God’s holiness is. Holiness has to do with proximity. Therefore Moses was set apart to do God’s task. God began to speak to Moses, I have seen the affliction of the Israelites and that he was sending him to deliver his own people. He felt unworthy because he thought he wasn’t good enough. Moses was seeing himself through his ordinary eyes. He wasn’t seeing himself the way God saw him. He told God that he was not a good speaker, he speaks slow and doesn’t use best words. God told him I will be with you when you speak.

“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:12 NIV)

I’m sure he also remembered how his own people rejected him. He was not sure if his own people will accept him when he returns back to Egypt. But God spoke to him that it is safe for you to go back to Egypt. The men who wanted to kill you are now dead.

“19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.” (Exodus 4:19-20 NIV)

Another thing that gave Moses concern was he may not be able to explain to the people in the way they can understand and obey him. All that become a limitation for him! However this expressed his unwillingness and inadequence to answer the call. The one thing I love is that God did not still leave him despite his excuses. He allowed his brother Aaron to go with him and reminded Moses to remember to show Pharoah all the miracles.

THREE MIRACLES

– A walking stick-Turned into a snake

– Put your hand inside your robe- hand diseased , covered with white spots like snow.

– Take water from the Nile River – pour it on ground – turns into blood.

Beloved, I want us to know that God’s timing is not our timing. There is a process for everything. Before Moses could free God’s people, he himself had to be freed from the things that kept him in bondage. He felt not special! And one thing I like about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is that He doesn’t just leave us. He will make sure that we fulfil His promises and purpose he has assigned for us to accomplish. It was seen evidently that God worked patiently in Moses life tearing down the illusions and building up his identity. Despite the conversation going on between Moses and God back and forth, God continued pursuing Moses until he recognised the burning bush in front of him. The question is, are you like Moses making excuses? Beloved God already knows your imperfection or weaknesses and He cannot give you anything you cannot handle! Before he calls you, He knows you are capable. Let us not forget that the one who calls us will also go with us. In Moses case, God was using the 40years to prepare him for the task ahead.

Yes sometimes life throws to us things that makes life difficult to worship God especially if our delieverance hasn’t come forth! Regardless of our circumstances, God is worthy of our praise. One thing the word of God reminds me daily is that God is not limited by my expectations and circumstances and that no matter the challenge, God requires me to Worship Him. Beloved, there wasn’t any deficiency when God created us in his image and that very purpose God predestined for us shall be accomplished. I want you and me to be challenged that in this new year 2020, God is going to be shifting us supernaturally. The shall be drastic, dramatic and dimensional shift. All God expects us is to remain focused and determined. The purpose of God in your life shall be accomplished. Please if there is anything I have not mentioned that you feel is important, share as it will be highly appreciated! I would also encourage us to take time to study the book of Exodus.

Prayer
I pray that any Pharoah that is pursuing you and has refused to let you go, dies by fire Now in Jesus Name.

Shalom!

SOURCEViolet Chipo
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