“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

if the burning bush had been a telephone...

But Moses said,
“O Lord, please send someone else
to do it.” Exodus 4:13 NIV

My 10th Siesta Scripture Memory Team Verse... Exodus 4:13. Short verse. Easy to memorize. But strange selection on my part, again.

Why would I want to focus on the fact that Moses does not want to lead the Israelites out of captivity? A man who God would use to part the Red Sea... give the 10 Commandments... write the first five books in the Old Testament. Why would I concentrate on the fact that he felt he was not up to the challenge? Didn't want the challenge. Standing there... wondering why a burning bush would be talking to... him?

Knowing that if the burning bush had actually been a telephone... Moses would have said, "Sorry, wrong number!" and hung up.

Here's the gist of the conversation found in Exodus 3-4.
The Lord tells Moses,
"So now, go. I am sending you...

But Moses said to God,
"Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"

"I will be with you..."

"What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?"

“Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.”

"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."

"Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? 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,
"O Lord, please send someone else to do it."

And this is where I find myself. Knowing that the Lord is leading me... and that I could easily offer these words to the Lord. Not paying attention to the fact that... He chooses to send me. He is with me. He has the power to perform signs and wonders. He created me.

Knowing that a time is coming soon when the Lord will say to me, "Sheri, now go. I am sending you." And I pray that I will not protest, but say,
"Lord, send me."


Tammy said...

I think we all feel a little bit like Moses sometimes. I hope I too can say Yes Lord when says go.

thanks for a great post.

bp said...

The title caught my eye because in the fourth/fifth grade class I teach on Wed. nights we have been having lessons about Moses. This week and last week was about the burning bush and the excuses Moses gave.

Thanks for sharing.


Inclusion or Exclusion
Some people have an Idea that God is inclusive for mans eternal destiny, that all religions and all people will be saved. That God will allow all of mankind to enter into heaven because everybody is good so God must be fair and include everyone! It is true God does love the whole world but God is exclusive about mans eternal destiny without the Savior. To keep this simple man has a problem called sin in which man refuses to believe that there are eternal consequences for having sin, which is a one way ticket to hell. God is holy and he will not allow anyone with sin to enter into heaven. God is hurt and angry about our sin, we have broken his laws. But God is just and good and he knows our need so he provided a solution to our problem. His solution to our problem is to have our sins removed by having our sins placed on someone else, a sacrifice for us; paying for the penalty of the sin we have in our lives. So that someone else would get the penalty of Gods wrath and separation on him that was meant for us. So God sent his son Jesus on a mission from heaven to earth as our sacrifice to die on the cross on our behalf after this happened three days later Jesus came back from the dead, alive. But that’s not all remember I wrote that God is exclusive about mans eternal destiny without the Savior? The only way that Gods promise can be applied to your life is for you to turn from your way of thinking and know that your sin offends and hurts God and call on the Lord Jesus who’s alive to save you. Your sins are then transferred to Jesus for what he did at the cross, dying and being abandon by God because of your sins, for you and because Jesus arose from the dead he is alive you can now enter into a relationship with God. Will you call out to Jesus to save you? It’s your choice to enter in exclusively with God’s grace for you. Where will you want to spend eternity after hearing Gods promise for you?
If the answer was yes that you do want Jesus as your sin bearer, Savior, and you do believe God raised Jesus from the dead you can pray with your voice.

“Dear Lord Jesus save me.”

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.