We women like to haggle or bargain. Biblical characters of the OT also bargained with God. Abraham tried to save his nephew Lot asking God how many righteous persons in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah should there be before He would be willing to spare these cities. Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord to ask for blessings. Today, I reviewed Moses’ bargain with God. He tried to argue himself out of the assignment God gave him.
Assignment: To lead the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt
Bargain: Moses asked many questions and gave God reasons why he was not fit for the job or why he might not succeed in his assignment. God gave him assurances and responses to each of his excuses.
Q1: Who am I? e.g. I’m nobody.
A1: “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, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Q2: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
A2: “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
“Say to the Israelites, ‘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, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.
God even told Moses exactly what to say, what to do, how the people will respond (both the Israelites and Pharaoh), what He will do, how He will make this mission successful.
Q3: “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
A3: miracle of the staff turning to snake, miracle of Moses’ becoming leprous and clean again, miracle of turning water from the Nile River into blood.
God was really patient with Moses. He answered each of Moses questions and the last one He gave 3 proofs in assurance instead of 1.
Q1: Who am i?
Q2: Who are you?
Q3: What if they do not believe me or listen to me?
Q4: Sorry Lord, I’m not eloquent – slow in speech and tongue. not lawyer material to win an argument. hmmmm.. after so many questions he gave God…it’s back to Who am I? What can I do? I am not qualified!
A4: “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (God replied Moses with Who He is… He is the Creator of man – his mouth, ears, tongue, eyes.
One last bargain… “Lord, please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
Amazing, isn’t it? When God calls, He persists. He enables. He assures. He is patient with our excuses. He will not let us get away with excuses.
1) How often do i bargain with God about what i was given to do?
2) What excuses do I have? Not qualified? (issues of self-identity) Not from God (issues of God’s identity) Obstacles/Objections from the people (issues of people’s responses)
When God calls, He equips. God does not call the equipped. He equips the called. God gives assurance through his Word. God enables through his people. He sends us people to help us accomplish his purpose.
God keeps His promises. His Word always comes true. His purpose will never be thwarted. He will bring everything to pass.
Bottomline: It’s not about me – it’s about Him!
More excuses?! I rest my case. So be it, God.
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”― James Hudson Taylor