Topic: Here I am… Send him!
There are times when we hesitate to do God’s will because of feelings of inadequacy. Moses felt so inadequate to lead the children of Israel that he offered several excuses to God, but found God to be His adequacy.
FCF: Like Moses, most of us feel inadequate to accept the responsibility of ministry;
Proposition: Since God have shown his mercy, we must respond to become the instrument of His grace.
I. Since God have shown his mercy, we must respond to His calling (3:11).
A. Moses’ Doubt to His calling: “Who am I?” (3:11).
B. We admire Moses for his humility, for forty years before he would have told God who he was! He was “learned…and mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22). But years of communion and discipline in the desert had humbled Moses
C. God’s Assurance to His calling:“I will be with you.” (3:12).
D. The fear of inadequacy will remain embedded in our hearts as long as we are asking the question “Who am I?” The question we have to ask is, “Who is with Me?” God gives me what I need for every assignment.
E. Who we are is not important; that God is with us is important, for without Him we can do nothing.
II. Since God have shown his mercy, we must experience His character (3:13).
A. Moses’s Ignorance to His name: “Who is sending Me?” (3:13).
B. This was no evasive question, for the Jews would want assurance that the Lord had sent Moses on his mission.
C. God’s name revealed: “I AM WHO I AM” (3:14).
D. God told Moses to tell them, I am who I am (’ehyeh ’ăšer ’ehyeh, 3:14; cf. “I will be,” ’ehyeh, v. 12) and I AM (’ehyeh) has sent me to you (v. 14). This One said He would be with His people in their time of trouble and need. ’Ehyeh is probably a wordplay on Yahweh (Lord) in verse 15. Thus, the name Yahweh, related to the verb “to be,” probably speaks of God’s self-existence, but it means more than that. It usually speaks of His relationship to His people. For example, as Lord, He redeemed them (6:6), was faithful to them (34:5-7), and made a covenant with them (Gen. 15:18). The word also (Ex. 3:15) points to a second reply to Moses’ second objection (the first reply is in v. 14). The always-present Godhad demonstrated His character in the past to the fathers (patriarchs; cf. vv. 6, 16; 4:5) and that willingness to look over His people tenderly is an abiding attribute. He is to be remembered by that name forever. Perhaps Moses knew of God as the distant Sovereign but not as the immanent God who cares for and loves His chosen ones. Both of Moses’ objections (3:11, 13) were answered with lessons on the nature and character of God (vv. 12, 14-15).
E. The fear of inadequacy is squelched by the admission of my personal inadequacy and the confidence that the God I serve is more than adequate. He is the holy, incomprehensible, eternal, independent, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful God who loves me with an unconditional love. He has adopted me as his child and tells me to call him “Abba, Father.” With his power and his presence, I am never inadequate.
III. Since God have shown his mercy, we must trust His capability (4:1).
A. The Question of Moses to his capability: “They will not believe me.” (4:2).
B. But God had just said that they would believe him (3:18), so this statement was nothing but open unbelief. God gave Moses two miracles—the rod changed to a serpent and the hand made leprous. These would be his credentials before the people.
C. The Showcase of God of His capability: “What is that in your hand?” (4:3-7).
D. God takes what we have in our hands and uses it, if we but trust Him. Of itself, the rod was nothing, but in God’s hands it became power. Moses’ own hand had killed a man, but in the second miracle God showed him that He could heal the weakness of the flesh and use Moses for His glory. His own hand was nothing, but in God’s hand, it would do wonders!
E. What do you have in your hand? Bible? Cellphone? Ipod/Ipad? Laptop? Whatever things you might have in your hand – show it to God and God will showcase His glory to you!
IV. Since God have shown his mercy, we must know His creatorship (4:11).
A. The Excuse of Moses to his background in speech: “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (4:11).
B. God had said, “I AM”—and all Moses could say was, “I am not!” He was looking at himself and his failures instead of to God and His power. In this case, Moses argued that he was not a gifted speaker. But the same God who made the mouth could use it. God does not need eloquence or oratory; He needs only a clean vessel that He can fill with His message.
C. The Question of God to his purpose in creation: “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD (4:12)?”
D. God created you to serve Him. God also knows where you are created. Therefore, serve him where you are created. (4:11-12).
Conclusion: “Pardon me, please send someone else” is not even an excuse – it is clear escape to his calling. The response of God: holy anger. Do you still feel inadequate too? God has Aaron to help you. God will help and teach you both. “He will be with you.”