But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” – Ex. 3:11 NIV
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The Almighty God had directed Abram to offer a sacrifice to Him, so as to prove that He was going to fulfil His promise to him – Gen. 15:8. Abram complied and brought the offering as directed, except that out of possible ignorance, he chased away those for whom the Lord wanted, to feast on the sacrifice – Gen. 15:10-11. He thus incurred the anger of the Lord who made a pronouncement that these same descendants that he was being promised will be strangers, enslaved and mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years – Gen. 15:13. The Israelites who were his descendants were to actually face this judgement but like all time based actions, 400 years eventually came to an end and the Almighty God decided to end the oppression of the Israelites. At the end of approximately 430 years in exile, the Almighty God revealed his redemption plan, which he seems to have started, 50 years before the expiration of the initial 400 years, but was not revealed until he picked on Moses, whom it seems he had groomed over the years to play this role – Ex. 3:7-10. He was to go to Pharaoh and arrange for the release of the Israelites from bondage. The scripture today is the first of the four reactions of Moses to the destiny role that God wanted him to play in the lives of the Israelites.
His first reaction was a statement that gave the impression of someone who was humble. He projected himself as a “nobody” with no pedigree to undertake such a great task – Ex. 3:11. God’s response which was an assuarance that He was going to be with him, since He, it was that was sending him, was not sufficient to sway him – Ex. 3:12. He instead raised another issue which was how to convey the identity of the person that has sent him on this task to the Israelites and equally convince the elders of Egypt to release the Israelites. God again gave a response that should take care of that worry of his (Ex. 3:13-20) but Moses was not done yet. He raised the issue of the people not taking his word for truth, thus practically asking God to give him a proof to back his verbal statements. This worry, God also doused by empowering him, using the rod that he had always had on him and revealing to him spiritual activities that were beyond the natural, for a man like him, that he could perform to convince of the supernatural power that was behind him – Ex. 4:1-9.
In a move that finally made it obvious that all Moses was doing were attempts to refuse the responsibility that destiny had thrust on him, he complained of his not being fluent in speech. At this point, it was a different type of response he got from the Lord. In a set of questions that seem to suggest God felt Moses was questioning his ability, He made him realise that He it is that gives ability to anyone to talk, hear or see (Ex. 4:10-12) but despite all these explanations from the Lord, Moses eventually revealed his thoughts. He openly rejected the role that destiny had prepared him for. This angered the Lord who immediately arranged for his replacement with Aaron – Ex. 4:14-17. He was still going to do the job but had lost the reward for the doing it.
Although the reason for Moses refusing the nomination of God for this task was not made clear, one will not be too far from the truth to say that the following reasons are responsible;
1. Fear of going back to Egypt to face Pharaoh.
2. His inability to see the strength of the Almighty God in comparison to the strength of Pharaoh and Egypt.
Whatever the reason may be, that refusal was to become one of the reasons why he lost both spiritual and material rewards that should have come to him and his generation some of which are as follows:
1. There will probably have been no need for a different spiritual leader in Aaron, after all several times in the history of the Israelites, we saw God operate the two offices with one individual. Although priests were present in the times of the judges, they were practically under the authority of the judges (Judges 8:22-27) just as, until the Israelites asked for a king, the priests were practically in charge of the day to day administration of the people – 1Sam. 8:1-9. Moses’s action at that point in history made God clearly separate the two offices and by implication the glory that should probably have been for him and his family as it is obvious that it was not the intention of God to bring in Aaron from the beginning – Ex. 4:14-17.
2. Subsequent activities showed deliberate steps on the part of the Almighty God to create a permanent position for Aaron and his descendants as they were to be the only lineage to produce Priests, and this was further defined after God had separated the Levites for His service – Lev. 8:1-9:24. They were to carry out every spiritual duty aside from offering sacrifices which God had made exclusive to the generation of Aaron.
3. Even in the grouping of the Levites, special position was created for the family of Aaron and his generation unlike Moses and his family who were grouped with the other Kohathites – 1Chr. 23:12-14.
Moses did not only lose an opportunity to achieve total greatness for himself but also for his generation. Is there any chance that you are avoiding the calling of God right now? Are you sure that is not His destiny plan for your life? You will need to be very cautious not to allow unfounded fear to deprive you and your generations of huge opportunities for glory. Your achieving destiny may be in answering His call. Do not harden your heart. Accept His Call and you may be on your path to greatness. May God help you to make the best decision, not only for yourself but for your unborn generations in Jesus name. Amen.