Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God called Moses to play a role in the release of God’s people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to obey God’s calling us to serve Him.
Read Exodus 3:1-5
I. Incredible Meeting. Moses was out taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep. In our Sunday School material He saw a bush burning, but it did not burn up. When he went to investigate, he was told by God to take off his sandals, because he was standing on holy ground.
- God’s use of ordinary people. Notice in vss. 1, 2, 4 that God uses ordinary people and knows their names. First, God called Moses to do a great work, when he was a lowly shepherd of his father-in-law’s sheep, not when he was identified as the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.
In like manner, God can do great things in and through our lives, when we consider ourselves to be “ordinary.” The question is not can God use the ordinary, but will we allow God to use us, when we see ourselves as ordinary.
Second, as God knew Moses’ name, God knows our names as well. We should not think of God as being very distant and impersonal. God really knows you, where you live, and what you eat.
Let’s live like we believe that God knows and wants to use us. This kind of living should be known for letting God use us. It should be known for rejoicing in God’s relationship with us.
- The presence of God. Notice in vs. 5 that Moses was called to take off his sandals because he was on holy ground. It seems that God wanted Moses to take off his sandals because God wanted Moses to be extra conscious of God being present.
On one hand, if we took off our shoes/sandals whenever we are in God’s presence, we would never get a chance to wear our shoes/sandals because God is always present (omnipresent). On the other hand, there may times when we need to be extra conscious of God’s presence.
When we come to worship, when we have a big project to do on our job, or when we are facing a big problem in our lives, being extra conscious can help us see that God is able to see us through whatever is coming our way. Let’s live like we understand that God is present.
This should include our being conscious of God’s will and be obedient to it. There is nothing wrong with people who take off their shoes before entering the pulpit or sanctuary, it is simply not necessary. Being conscious of God’s presence and living accordingly is the major idea.
Read Exodus 3:6-10
II. Divine Awareness. In our Sunday School material God identifies Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God talks about how He has seen and heard the misery of His people. God talks about rescuing His people and giving them the land of the Canaanites and others. God is sending Moses to bring God’s people out of Egypt.
- God’s concern about our troubles. Notice in vss. 6-7 that the God of Moses’ fore parents saw and heard what God’s people were going through with concern.
First, we should appreciate that our God is the God of yesterday and tomorrow. God did not start with us, nor will He end with us. The God who took care of our fore parents can be trusted to take care of us and our descendants.
Second, we should be thankful that God sees and hears what is going on in our lives, including our times of trouble. Not only is He aware, but He is concerned. God is concerned about our lives. Let’s live like we believe that God is from everlasting to everlasting and is concerned about us. This kind of living should be known for confidence, obedience, and joy.
- From awareness to action. Notice in vs. 8 that God moved from being aware to taking action. God planned to bring His people out of Egypt and into the Canaan land, which meant the destruction of the Canaanites.
First, God is not just a God of pity. When God sees that it is the right time, God does something about the troubles that His people are dealing with. Second, God is able and has plans to not only get His people out of trouble but to also place us positions of great blessings. Think about Jesus’ mention of abundant life in John 10:10.
Third, we should make sure we are on the right side of God’s movement. We want to be like the Israelites who are blessed by God, not like the Canaanites who will be destroyed by God. This calls for accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. This will lead to us striving to live in obedience to His lordship.
Let’s live like we believe that God will take action towards blessing His people. This kind of living should be known for being hopeful, even though things look bad. This kind of living should be known for being obedient to God, so we can be blessed, instead of punished.
- Disclosure and being dispatched. Notice in vs. 10 that after God disclosed Himself to Moses, He dispatched Moses to service. In like manner, to whom much is given, much is required.
The more God allows us to understand, the more God expects us to obey His call to serve. Think about how this relates to church, personal relationships, and our communities.
Let’s make sure we are living in accord with what God has shown us. When you say the church should be doing … (fill in the blank) …, remember you are a part of the church.
Read Exodus 3:11-12
III. Supernatural Provision. Moses objects. In our Sunday School material he raises the question about who was he to go to Pharaoh. God tells Moses that He will be with him. God promises as a sign that Moses will worship God of the given mountain, when Moses has brought them out of Egypt.
- God with us. Notice in vss. 11-12 that Moses was concerned about his ability to do what God was calling him to do. However, God assures Moses that God was going with him.
First, if all we had going for us was us, we have great reason to be afraid. We are too weak to handle the problems of this world by ourselves.
Second, thank God, we are not alone. God is with us. And when God is with us, we can do whatever God is calling us to do. Third, notice how in the background Moses was so full of confidence that he killed an Egyptian assuming that “his people” would understand.
But in our Sunday School material, about 40 years later, Moses has become rather unassuming. Life can take some pep out of our steps. But when our trust is in God, not “our people” nor our power, we can get back to serving the Lord with great zeal.
Let’s work on living like we trust God’s being with us to be enough to do what God is calling us to do. This kind of living should be known for serving, in spite of our fears and discomfort. When we allow fear to keep us from serving, we are living as if God being with us is not enough.
Conclusion: Let’s work on obeying God’s calling us to
serve Him. God has much for those who obey His will.