Disciple Hour: Exodus 3:10-15

Exodus 3:10–15 (ESV) 

10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may 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 bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 

If you remember from last time, we left Moses at the burning bush with his sandals off with his head covered as he would not look at God.  Remember, also he was on the Mountain of God we said was actually Mount Sinai where God would eventually lead His people.  God told Moses He was the God of His fathers, He had seen the affliction of His people, had remembered His covenant and was about to do something about it.

1.  God Calls Moses to Bring His People Out of Egypt

10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

We don’t really know why God does the many things He does.  Why didn’t God rescue His people Himself?  Why did He use Moses?  This is as some tell us, a paradox of divine grace.  Why does God use sinful men to do His work of salvation?  Why does He use humans? 
He used Mary who was herself a sinful person to give birth to a sinless Savior which would secure our redemption.  Why did God use sinful men to write a perfect inerrant Bible?  All 66 books are God’s Word and God’s pen touched not of the pages and all of it is His Word complete and perfect.  No portion of it more or less authoritative than any other.  All Scripture is profitable and useful.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV) 

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Moses was God’s man for this task.  He would be used mightily by God to rescue His people from Egypt and to write the first 5 books of the OT.
Moses would be the human agent of deliverance. 

Does God still use sinful people to accomplish His purposes?

The commissioning of Moses the prophet is a great reminder that all of us who have been saved by grace have a calling and a job to do.  There is a biblical pattern that when God saves someone, He gives them a job.  We are not welfare Christians for other people to cater to us.  It’s time the Church stands up and begins to fulfill her calling.  It’s time for all individual Christians to get into the game or join the workforce.  Are you too good to serve?  If you’re too good to serve then you are not a Christian.

Acts 9:13–16 (ESV) 

13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 


God saved Paul because He had a job for him to do.  For what purpose has God chosen to save you?  What ministry are you a part of? 
Perhaps you think you have nothing to offer?  

2.  Who Am I?

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 

Exodus 3:4 (ESV) 

When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 

At first Moses was eager and at God’s disposal.  Here I am, at your service.  

This is the same way young Samuel and Isaiah answered God at their commissioning.  Here I am at Your service.  

Then Moses learned some of the specifics.    

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Moses quickly feels his utter inability to do what God has asked him to do.  Moses didn’t have what it took to get the job done.  He had been to Egypt.  He left a criminal.  He fled from Pharoah.  Egypt is the superpower of the day.  God, You are asking me to go and liberate Egypt’s workforce?  I’m a shepherd not a general with a million-man army.  All I have is a staff. 
The task of saving God’s people is far beyond the abilities of Moses.  He knew where Egypt was but that’s it.  

God already knows Moses and his abilities or lack thereof.  No human could save Israel from Egypt.  Then God adds Himself into the picture.
12 He said, “But I will be with you,
The Exodus did not depend on the competence of Moses but on God.  Moses did not have the skillset to rescue a multitude from the most powerful nation in the world but God did.
Beloved we must never forget when God calls us to a task He has things already figured out.  When God places Himself in the equation it will succeed the way He wants it to.  We must stop trying to figure out the details.  God wants us to leap first and then look.  He wants us to rely on His strength in our weakness.  The reality is, there is nothing you can do that will have eternal significance without God…we can’t even experience salvation unless God does it.

Ephesians 2:1–10 (ESV) 

2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

The pattern is God calls us, saves us and then gives us a task.  The task is always too great for us.  There is no one who has ever been called by God that had the ability to obey the call on his own. 

Joshua 1:4–7 (ESV) 

From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 

Judges 6:14–16 (ESV) 

14 And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 

Jeremiah 1:5–8 (ESV) 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, 

and before you were born I consecrated you; 

I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, 

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; 

for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, 

and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 

Do not be afraid of them, 

for I am with you to deliver you, 

declares the Lord.” 

This truth is not only for God’s prophets.  This truth is also for all of His people including us.  

Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV) 

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 


The task does not depend on your abilities, it depends on God’s call, God’s presence, and God’s power.  


God offers Moses a sign that what He is telling Moses will, in fact, happen.  Here’s the catch, the sign will be given after the people have escaped from Egypt.

and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Gideon wanted the sign before.  God show me some miracle first, then I’ll do what You’ve asked. 
In Moses’ case the success of the mission would itself be the sign.  The mission depended upon God being able to fulfill what He had promised.  

Hebrews 11:27 (ESV) 

27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 

Are you willing to believe that God can give you success in the task He’s called you to? 
Perhaps you’re not exactly sure what that task is.  Come and speak to me and we will pray together for God to show you.  

Moses had another question…

3.  Who Are You? 

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 

Moses already knew who God was, God had already identified Himself as the covenant God of the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  No, Moses was still working things out in his mind.  He was still thinking he would be going in his own power. 

If I come to the people of Israel- I’m not sure but I really don’t think this was ever in doubt that Moses would go.  There was really no if to it.

The impossibility of the mission being successful in Moses’ own power was really two-fold.  He had to somehow get Pharoah to let them go which was not going to happen and he also had to convince the Israelites that they were to actually come with him.  There is no way this will ever work if its just Moses.  He is still focused on his own inability rather than on God’s power.

God is so patient with Moses.  He plays along for a minute…

What if I tell them that the God of your fathers has sent me and then they ask me what Your name is…then what?

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’

God’s name, I Am is His very essence.  He is eternal, almighty, self-existent, complete and has always been and always will be.  He is all-powerful in His essence.  I Am who I Am.


God is that which he calls himself, and he calls himself that which he is—Bavinck

His name means God has no beginning nor end in Hebrew it is the present tense meaning He is the eternal now He is whom He is and always will be the same.  

Westminster Confession of Faith

God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made (2.2)

Knowing God made all the difference.  Moses knew who He was and knew God in a very intimate way as he followed and obeyed Him.  He needed to know that God is the almighty and nothing including Egypt is outside of God’s control.  

4.  Jesus Christ, the Great I AM

Did you know the God of Moses is our God as well?  Did you know the Savior of Moses is our Savior, Jesus Christ?  The second Person of the Trinity is also I AM of the burning bush.

John 8:56–59 (ESV) 

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. 

Those religious leaders knew exactly what Jesus was telling them.  He is the I AM.  He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  They wanted to kill Him for blasphemy.

Revelation 1:5–8 (ESV) 

and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. 

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” 


Jesus Christ is God of the burning bush, The Almighty, the Alpha and Omega.

Do you believe Jesus is God?  Unless you believe that Jesus is God you will die in your sins. 
John 8 tells us that unless we believe this there is no salvation.

John 8:21–24 (ESV) 

21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 

John 8:28 (ESV) 

28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 

Beloved Jesus is I AM if we are to have eternal life we must believe the He is the Almighty we must have the right Savior…Jesus Christ the Great I AM of Exodus

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