“Exposing the Exodus”
The Precious ‘I will’s of the Lord (Chapter 3 Verses 16-18)
In these verses we have a reiteration of the covenant relationship and the knowledge that God has conveyed to Moses. What goes down here is what will be in future days, the chain of command, right the way through to the New Testament church also. Under divine authority Moses is instructed to gather the elders. Because in Israel authority lay with the elders who in turn are the representatives of the people. No mavericks, no one-man revolutions. Not even Moses is permitted to work on his own initiative. But under God’s initiative and direction vested in himself, in Moses and the elders. Now Moses has the authority he asked for, now he is God’s ambassador, sent one. Doubtless he yet feels the enormity of the demands upon, as later in history did the apostle Paul (1Corinthians 2:3). Did Moses even begin to feel the undermining influence of Satan? We must never forget there is devil, his devices, his schemes are many and varied. Remember the response of Moses (v11)? A healthy measure of self-distrust is a good thing if it leads us to trust more in God. And not to a spiritual paralysis, an inability to fulfil our God-given calling and ministry. Very few in this our day realise the awesomeness of what they are caught up into in the service of the Lord.
The promise of God here is meant to empower (v17). A believer in their rightful calling, in the place where God has placed them, if they find themselves constantly down, under, there is something wrong. For we have God’s multiplied reassuring promises throughout Scripture (Ephesians 3:20). Here Moses is given yet further promising reassurance, God says, “I will” (v17). It is the same Lord who appeared to the Patriarchs of old who now appears to Moses, this is an indication to God’s people Israel that Moses is indeed a genuine prophet of God. Why? Because the message Moses presses upon them agrees with earlier given revelation. That under the Mosaic law would become a benchmark for prophetic ministry (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). The promise of God is always our anchor, the ground of our confidence. Though the powers of hell be arrayed against us, whatever we are called to do, Moses, us, it’s not going to happen overnight. Moses and us ourselves, our faith is going to be tested. But every word of the Lord will be made good. We can trust him, we can serve him with confidence.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)