Moses: From Unwilling to Willing

Mike continues his series on Bible Heroes mentioned in Hebrews 11.

Moses is remembered primarily for the Ten Commandments and the parting of the Red Sea, but there is much more to know about this complex Bible character.

After being raised as royalty among the Egyptians, Moses flees into the desert where he spends 40 years as a shepherd. It is there, on Mt. Horeb, that God calls Moses to his service. But Moses is not exactly willing.

In this lesson, Mike uses this story of Moses to demonstrate our need to rely on God and his power, now our own.

“‘And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’

And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’ Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?’

God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:9-14 (NIV)