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Much of what we are concerned about is what God says to us in the Bible.

But this month, let’s emphasise what we have to say back to God in a series called “Our Response to God.”

Today we are talking about Reverence for God.

Text

Exodus 3:4-5 (AMP)

4 When the Lord saw that he turned away [from the flock] to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 

5 Then God said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet [out of respect], because the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Scripture Reading.

Exodus 2:11-3:12

Introduction 

Moses whose name means ”drawn out”, was born of Israelit parents in the land of Egypt.

His father’s name was Amram.

His mother’s name was Jochebed.

Times were difficult and perilous when Moses was born.

The Israelites were enslaved, a royal edict ordered the execution of all Israelite male children at birth.

When Moses was born, he was hidden among the reeds near the back of the Nile River.

Pharaoh’s daughter came to bathe in the river and discovered Moses in the reeds. 

She took the child and secured a Hebrew woman to nurse him.

Unknown to her, the Hebrew woman chosen was Moses’ real mother, Jochebed.

Moses spent the first fourth years of his life in Pharaoh’s court.

When Moses was grown, he went out to look on the burdens of his real people, the Israelites.

While there he observed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew.

He killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

While trying to settle a dispute the next day between two Hebrews, they reminded him that he had killed the Egyptian.

Fearing the revengeful hand of Pharaoh, he fled to median, where he spent forty years in seclusion.

In Midian he found favour in the home of a priest named Jethro.

He gained the hand of Jethro’s daughter Zipporah in marriage.

Moses served as a shepherd in Midian.

It was a great day for Moses and his people when at the back side of the desert at the foot of Mount Horeb he saw the miracle of the burning bush that was not consumed.

In the miracle we find three things necessary for the service of the Lord.

  1. Revelation from God is necessary for service.

Revelations are for the observant.

Moses turned aside to observe the burning bush, a thorny scrub, some top of acacia.

He was eager to investigate.

What revelations came to Moses as a result of his investigation?

  1. God reveals His person.

The bush represented Israel, and the fire was a symbol of God.

At the burning bush, the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush.

In the Bible, God often revealed Himself as fire.

He did so at the burning bush, the pillar of fire by night in Exodus 13:21, at sinai in Exodus 19:18 and 24:17, to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:4-28, and to Daniel in Daniel 7:9-10.

He is also referred to as a consuming fire in Hebrews 12:29.

B. God reveals His holiness in Exodus 3:5 (AMP)

5 Then God said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet [out of respect], because the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 

The words “holy ground” literally mean “ground of holiness.”

It was rendered holy by God’s presence.

C. God reveals His grace and love.

Exodus 3:7-8 (AMP)

7 The Lord said, “I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering. 

8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a land [that is] good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]—to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

D. God reveals His eternity of being.

  1. He is the God of the past.

Exodus 3:6 (AMP)

6 Then He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

2. He is the God of the present.

Exodus 3:7 (AMP)

7 The Lord said, “I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering.

3. He is the God of the future.

Exodus 3:10 (AMP)

The Mission of Moses

10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, and then bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

We need a revelation from God if we re to serve him effectively.

2. Reverence for God is necessary for service.

God said to Moses, Exodus 3:4-5 (AMP)

4 When the Lord saw that he turned away [from the flock] to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 

5 Then God said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet [out of respect], because the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

God was there at the burning bush, and His presence made the ground holy.

When Moses heard his name called twice, he knew the message was urgent.

Exodus 3:6 (AMP) says, Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

He who comes to God and serves Him must come with a bowed head, with reverence.

He who serves God must do so with much reverence.

3. Readiness to obey God is necessary for service.

Exodus 3:10-12 (AMP)

The Mission of Moses

10 Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, and then bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 

12 And God said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve and worship God at this mountain.”

The call of Moses was clear and distinct, the will of God was known, the way of action was clearly and plainly indicated.

Even though these things were clear to Moses, he was reluctant to begin the task.

He started looking at himself and began making excuses, personal unworthiness in Exodus 3:11-14 (AMP)

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 

12 And God said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve and worship God at this mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers (ancestors) has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 

14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am”; and He said, “You shall say this to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

The unbelief of the people in Exodus 4:1 (AMP)

Moses Given Powers

4 Then Moses answered [the Lord] and said, “What if they will not believe me or take seriously what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”

And physical infirmity in Exodus 4:10 (AMP)

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I am not a man of words (eloquent, fluent), neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Moses’ basic problem is found in the personal pronoun that we all use way too much, I….I….I.

The lack of readiness on Moses part did not turn God aside from his purpose.

Eventually Moses became God’s mouthpiece and Aaron became God’s spokesman.

Conclusion.

So often we shrink back from the commands of our Lord to serve Him.

We seek every reason for evading His will.

He calls today just as sure as He called Moses.

He will not only call us and convince us, but He will also equip us for service.

As Christians especially if we expect to be leaders, we must have more than a speaking acquaintance with God.

That is not enough.

God’s claims on our lives for service cannot be ignored.

We must serve Him because He has revealed Himself to us.

Let us reverence Him and obey His commands.

Until next time

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