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October 17, 2009

"'I AM'  That's a Name?!"

Part 5 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"


Moses, after fleeing for his life from his home in Egypt, took care of the flocks that belonged to his father-in-law, Jethro.  On this particular day he was on the backside of the desert by Mt. Sinai, minding his own business.  The idea of delivering his people was certainly on the "back burner" of his mind.  He had failed.  He had fled, but God had not.  God got his attention all right! 

"Any old bush will do," God might have thought.  And so he placed Himself where Moses could see something astonishing.

Moses was astonished, turned aside and moved with caution toward the bush that didn't crumble under the crackling flames.  The Lord saw Moses coming towards Him.  Actually, Moses was coming to see the burning bush, not God.   God knew that, but still called out to him from the bush on fire:

"Moses!  Moses!"

"Here I am."

"Moses, don't come any closer! Take off your shoes.  The place you are standing on is holy ground.  Moreover, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."

Moses covered his face, terrified to look upon God.  But God continued to speak.

"I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt.   I have heard their cries.  I know their sorrows. I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians.  Moses, I have an errand for you.  I want you to take a message to Pharoah."

"Whoa, God.  Why are you coming to ME?  Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring your people out of Egypt?  Back to the home that I have run away from?  Remember God, I tried to do Your work and it all backfired on me!"

"You'll not do this alone, Moses.  I will be with you, and you will return with my people to this mountain.  As a matter of fact, you will serve me on this very mountain!" 

One has to wonder which was greater in Moses at that time . . .  the fear of Pharoah or the fear of God? 

Terrified at the thought, Moses answered, "Yes, Sir!  But WHO will I say has sent me?  I can't just say, 'Here I am again.  This time I will deliver you!'  God, they won't believe me."

God, understanding Moses' heart, declares the most dynamic, two-word description of Himself: "I AM (Ex. 3:14) has sent you.  Everything that you are not.  Everything that is perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing, has sent you, Moses!  Do you need more than that?"

There is no more perfect way to describe Him.  He tells us to stand in awe of God who is EVERYTHING that we need.

I find this pattern in some of God's choice servants:  They see, they hide, they listen, they obey. 

1.  First they see God in a new way and worship him.

2.  Seeing God, they hide their face because they see the utter holiness and goodness of God and their own darkness.

3.  They stop to listen to God, and sometimes argue with Him.  Moses gave four arguments.

4.  They obey Him. 

"Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!  For he spoke, and it came to be, he commanded, and it stood forth."  Psalm 33:8-9

"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power. . ."  Heb. 1:3

So just by His spoken words, God creates, holds together, destroys, and re-creates heavens and earth.  That's awesome power!

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