After Moses approaches the burning bush, follows the command to remove his shoes, and hides his face for fear of God, God lays out his plan. Again we are told of God’s great concern for his people enslaved in Egypt. Moses is told by God himself that he sees their misery, he hears their cries, he knows their suffering, and that he is surely coming.
Curiously, the text records that God tells Moses that he has “come down” to deliver them, and that his plan is to “bring them up.” This particular choice of words is symbolic of the future, final deliverer and what he was to do. This is precisely what Christ did for the people of God. Surely we serve an unchanging God.
Finally, a third reference to the keen notice God has taken of his people is given. Verse 9 says, “…the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them…” Make no mistake, the message of God is clear: he sees, hears, knows, and cares deeply for the pain and needs of his people. His plan, however, is not to instantaneously airlift them out of earthly suffering and into heaven. No. His plan includes the sending of a man – Moses, and ultimately, Christ.
Here, we find God commissioning Moses to speak to Pharaoh and bring his people out of Egypt. Moses responds with a humility that says, “Who am I?” Clearly, he counts himself neither capable nor worthy to do such a task for the Lord. Before he begins to make excuses, God assures him that he would be given a sign – after he obeys.
Likewise, God’s plan of salvation and deliverance from the enemy involves the sending of a man, Christ, to save us. It also involves the sending of human men like Moses to preach to us. Christ has “come down” to “bring us up” and he has commissioned each of us to go on his behalf preaching the gospel to those still enslaved by the enemy. The proper response is that which Moses gave: “Who am I?”
Not one of us is worthy to do God’s bidding, yet he send the likes of us for his own glory. The confirmation of our commission comes not until after we have obeyed in faith.
Moses, like us, has some fears and objections about his calling. Fortunately, God patiently answers all of his faithlessness with fatherly wisdom. More on that later. For today, know that God sees; he hears; he knows; he responds to our pain and prayers. He has come down to, eventually, bring us up to himself. He sent a man to deliver us and commissions us to tell others who are still enslaved how to escape. We are not worthy of this task, but using us is his plan for his own glory. Let us cease from excuse making and go out with the gospel to set the captives free.