Moses was 83 years old when God called him to lead his people out of poverty, hardship and slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land in Canaan, flowing with milk and honey; a journey which lasted forty years.
Moses was a young man when Pharaoh wanted to kill him for killing an Egyptian who was abusing Moses’ people, the Israelites. Moses fled into the desert to escape Pharaoh’s wrath and became a shepherd in the wilderness for forty years.
While tending flocks in the wilderness, Moses was astonished when he heard the voice of God calling him to lead his people out of slavery. But he was reluctant – full of doubts and fears – having been wounded, rejected and castigated by his own people he was afraid of being ridiculed again and he was afraid of Pharaoh’s wrath.
You may wonder why the Israelites did not leave Egypt when the famine that sent them there was over and while they were still honoured guests of the Egyptians. Were they disobedient? Did they stay where they were comfortable, forgetting God’s promise to Abraham, instead of returning and repossessing the land God promised to Abraham’s descendants? Surely they could have foreseen that the Egyptians would ultimately turn against them.
At first the Israelites flourished under the regime that God through His servant Joseph had saved and made wealthy by His grace. But the good Joseph had done was eventually forgotten. With jealousy and racism – because God’s people flourished and multiplied – the Egyptians turned against them.
Why did God allow His chosen people, the Israelites to become slaves? Is their experience analogous to one’s own life? Does God allow us to suffer the results of our own disobedience?
Moses umm’d and arr’d with God, which led to a very unfortunate consequence
God said, “Go, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Moses said, “Who am I that I should go…?”
God said, “I will be with you, (with) a sign…”
“Suppose they ask me (Your) name…?”
God said, “Tell them I AM has sent you, and say to the Israelites ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’, has sent you…” “I will stretch out my hand and … (do) wonders… And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Moses said, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, “The Lord did not appear to you?”
God showed him miracles Moses will do and said, “This is so they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to you…”
Moses said, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
God said, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “Lord, please send someone else ….”
Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite… he can speak well … you shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do…”
Then Moses obeyed. But later, while Moses climbed the mountain to receive from God the Ten Commandments the people became impatient and Aaron was the one who made the golden calf for the Israelites to worship instead of God.
If you were persecuted or wounded and are afraid like Moses, if you are afraid of the people who wounded you, you may now like Moses be making excuses as to why you will not obey God’s call to receive His mercy. But if you are in need of peace, if some or all of your prayers are not being answered, God is calling you to His higher service, and you are declining to accept His invitation.
O dear brother and sister listen to God, He will forgive you and He will give you words and miracles to bless his people and lead them from their slavery to their wounds (like chains) and to the world, to the Promised Land He has prepared for them in His tender fatherly Love.
- Exodus chapters 1 – 4 NIV
Do not be afraid of God’s Call
God is calling wounded shepherds back now to “Feed My Lambs”, “Take Care of My Sheep” and “Feed My Sheep.”
God met Moses, the wounded shepherd in miraculous circumstances and yet Moses made excuses until God allowed him to speak through Aaron. Then Moses confronted his fears – the Israelites and Pharaoh – and God gave him victory and Moses became a legend and the great law giver.
Remember, Moses’ first fear was of his own people.
Come pray with us in a simple, non-denominational gathering among friendly folk and see how God will equip you and other modern day shepherds and sheep, give them words and answers. We will pray for each other’s healing and for God to restore us to lead His people forward.
God has a dream for you that only you can fulfil – don’t ask him to send a substitute.
Mount Victoria House of Prayer, Inc. & Recover Your Dream Australia
Barbara Gordon Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
& Tom Lovett – Email: email@example.com
Gatherings held every Wednesday from around 5 pm for prayer and worship.
For details call 0408 167 963
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PO Box 100, Mt. Victoria NSW 2786