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As far as resumes go, Moses’s life experiences’ remain unmatched compared to those of most leaders. He freed an entire nation from slavery in Egypt and parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape. Moses also received the Ten Commandments directly from God, establishing the laws by which the Israelites lived. When Moses died, God buried him. (Deut. 34:6)
Before Moses encountered God, his life was rather ordinary. The first time he heard God speak was through a burning bush. (Ex. 3:4) Until this time, his résuméincluded roles as a husband, father, shepherd (Ex. 3:1), and, unfortunately, a murderer (Ex. 2:14).
God called Moses out of the far side of the wilderness, as it says in Exodus 3, to take a courageous step of obedience. God knew the whole story ahead of time, and he knew Moses would eventually grow into the leadership role he was called to embrace when he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. But that first encounter revealed that Moses was uncertain he was the man for the job.
Exodus 3:10-12 says:
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, youwill worship God on this mountain.” (NIV)
I love that God’s first encounter with Moses was in a place that had so much significance for their relationship. I also find it interesting that Moses was comfortable questioning God so quickly after observing what I consider an impressive miracle. I don’t know how often angels appear next to burning bushes in your neighborhood, but I’d like to think that if such a thing happened to me, I would trust God’s plan. Announcing himself in such a way should have indicated that God was all-powerful.
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