Notes on the Exodus (32)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

Sending His Servant  (Chapter 3 Verses 10-16)

Now comes the announcement. How is God going to perform this said deliverance? Imagine if you will Moses looking all around him, and then back to God. Then the realisation dawns, there’s a Divine finger pointing at Moses himself. Who me? He, Moses, is God’s selected and soon to be sent deliverer. He’s God’s main man for the day. This is of course the whole point of the theophany, the revealed presence of God (v10). God could have sent angels, but he didn’t. God could’ve destroyed the Egyptians in one salutary hit, but he didn’t. He could’ve appeared in presence to the Israelites and personally led them out, but he didn’t. According to God’s own infallible wisdom, he ordained instrumentality, human ministry to effect his salvation. This was the way of God then, and it is his way now. So what does Moses do? Jump up and down in ecstasy, no not quite. Does he shout glory, send me, no not quite. On the contrary, he doesn’t want the job. But God has chosen him and he is sending him anyway.

Moses suffers from a healthy sense of unworthiness (v11). He is sent into a tailspin, he is going down and sinking fast. We ask is this the same man who wanted to be the heavy-weight champion of the world back in Egypt? He is the same man, but different. Now with a career, a farming business, life in the desert, a wife, doubtless the mortgage and all the other stressful bits that come with the package, the experience of having to lean on God alone for comfort and provisions, he has learned. But now he is asked to move on, permanently. Why can’t he just be a modern missionary, fly down to Egypt, suss the place out, the climate, the language, what’s there for his kids and stuff. Just for six months, and he and his wife are cool with it, then maybe stay a bit longer? Have we lost the sense of privilege in being called to sacrificial service to the Lord? Recall what God said in the previous verse “I will send you” (v10). That in biblical language means success, perhaps not your or my idea of success, but God’s. Does Moses think God’s made a terrible mistake here, does he not know how Moses left Egypt? God never makes mistakes. Often he takes the weakest, the broken, to do his mighty work. You see it’s when we know our weakness, our total unworthiness, it’s then God can use us (2Corinthians 10:7ff).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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