Here I Am Pt 2 – Ps Kerrin Wallis [16/02/2020 AM]

Episode Notes

Exodus 3:1-12 (NKJV)

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

7 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

I was brought back to this passage recently and felt stirred to go through this passage and see what God wants to say to us.

We preached last week on:

1) Moses was in desolate place – yet God had not finished.

  • In fact it was in this desolate place that God calls to and speaks to Moses.

2) God got Moses attention and Moses gave two important responses:

  • He turned aside to see what God wanted.
  • His response to God’s call or voice was – here I am. He surrendered.

3) The place where Moses stood was Holy Ground!

  • It was Holy not because of the ground, dirt or rocks, but because of God’s presence.
  • Our desolate place, challenge, struggle, or where we are right now, these can become Holy Ground if we bring God’s presence to it.
  • Don’t look for new ground, you are on Holy Ground, you are on it!

Today I would like to give some final thoughts to the passage that I believe will speak to people.

Exodus 3:7-11 (NKJV)

4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

We find here the first instance of this description introducing God:

  • “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”
  • In Genesis 50 they are listed in regards to an oath or promise of God, but not a reference point for Him.

We may have heard these names before, perhaps we are familiar with them, but this is significant in God meeting with Moses.

What I love about this is that God meets Moses right where he is at.

  • Moses would have understood this name.
  • He would have known the reference point and it was a way God met Moses right where he was at.

God does not introduce Himself or show Himself in some way to confuse Moses.

  • We see this right through the Gospels with Jesus. He constantly met people where they were at.

You might be here this morning and not yet know God, but let me tell you, God is not asking you to jump through a bunch of hoops or get to a certain knowledge level, or attain some level of living – He wants to meet you personally, right where you are at!

He will reveal Himself in a way you can understand.

  • Jesus met the disciples down by the water at their workplace.
  • Jesus met Nicodemus at night because Nicodemus was afraid to be seen with Him in the day.
  • Jesus meets a very messed up woman at a well in a place other Jews avoided at a time of day that was most uncomfortable – it is where she was at.
  • He met a man possessed by demons in the tombs.
  • He met a lady caught in adultery, naked in the dust and guilty and set her free.
  • He met a man Zacchaeus – hated by his own people as a traitor and leech, by stopping under the tree he had climbed and called him by name.

God will meet you right where you are at, if you will just turn to Him and say here I am!

The one thing God does ask for is a response!

Acts 2:37-38 (NKJV)

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Here Peter has just preached the first sermon of the early church and people have God revealed to them.

  • They respond with ‘What do we do?’ – Here we are.
  • Repent and be baptised.
  • Surrender to God.

This surrender never changes and while ever we have that repentant, surrendered heart and response of here we are, God will meet us right there!

But God doesn’t want to stop at a first meeting.

What is incredible is that when Moses takes the faith steps asked of him and responds to God, then God reveals even more of Himself, in line with how Moses needs to see God work in his situation.

Exodus 5:22 – 6:1-3 (NKJV)

22 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.”

6 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” 2 And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.

Moses went out and did what God asked, but it didn’t turn out like he thought or like God said, so with frustration and disappointment he goes back to God and says: “What the???”

God then goes on to reveal Himself in new ways to Moses to give him the faith and courage to keep following His call and purpose.

Exodus 6:2-3 (NKJV)

2 And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord (Jehovah) I was not known to them.

Even if you have known God for many years, I believe God has a new faith challenge for you this year and it will require you to press into God and pursue Him in:

  • New ways.
  • New connection and intimacy.
  • New levels of faith and passion.
  • You will need to rediscover God and His new revelations for the faith steps ahead.

That is why there is no such thing as standing still as a believer!

We are either tapping into fresh understanding of God, or choosing to drift away from Him.

Let’s keep reading.

Exodus 3:7-11 (NKJV)

7 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

God says, I have seen all the problems and heard the prayers – I will answer by sending you!

“But God… You said You will answer!”

  • “I know, my answer is you go!”

How many times have we prayed for God to do something and He says; “Great, off you go then…”

  • “But God I thought You would answer, what will You do.”
  • “But what’s the Church going to do about it God”
  • “You are the Church, now let’s make it happen…”
  • God will do miracles when we are the answer and step out in faith, not comfortable on our couch.

Perhaps too often we are praying for someone else to go when God says – “You go!”

Have we considered that we or you might be the answer to someone’s prayers!

  • Our willingness to go, to respond, to give, to pray, to share – could be the answer to someone crying out to God.
  • I believe as a church one of the parts of our destiny is to go and plant churches
  • To bring the gospel, hope, power and love of God to towns without it.

Then we go to Moses next question, “Who am I God?” The perfect Candidate!

If we follow the story, Moses came up with reasons why:

  • He couldn’t go.
  • He shouldn’t go.
  • I am sure there were people further qualified.

But God in His incredible ‘Higher ways than ours’ chose Moses and he made a difference I would think he could never have imagined.

I can just imagine God today saying:

  • I have heard Bendigo’s prayers.
  • I have heard your families’ prayers.
  • I have heard the communities’ prayers.
  • I have heard the prayers of a town with no life-giving church.
  • I have heard the prayers of the lost and broken and I will send you!

It sounds really familiar to a couple of other passages in the New Testament.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Where is God sending you for 2020?

Suggestions for discussion

  1. Discuss how God reveals Himself in ways we can understand.
  2. Do you believe that God will meet you right where you are at, if you will just turn to Him and say here I am?
  3. Do you believe God has a new faith challenge for you this year? Are you prepared to press into God and pursue Him to meet these challenges?