I am the daughter of Moses, not the one who parted the Red Sea, but the guy who questioned God about his identity and qualifications.
I bet you're thinking, what tha what? Who is this girl and why is she claiming to be the daughter of Moses, I mean I know he lived a long life but not long enough to father her, right? Let me back up a bit and share where this is coming from. I'm sure you'd appreciate that and I do want you to keep reading so here we go.
Last week during church my knowledge or should I say lack of knowledge was brought to my attention. Not directly, but as I read through scripture on my own and listened as the Pastor gave his sermon I noticed just how little I knew about Moses.
In a nutshell, this is what I knew about Moses, as a baby he was placed in a basket and into the Nile river to keep him from being killed by the Egyptians, he was then found by Pharaoh's daughter and raised in their kingdom, later in life he killed someone, then some time after that he wrote the ten commandments given to him by God and at some point he parted the Red Sea.
Boom, the story of Moses, or so I thought.
Turns out there were lots of gaps in my knowledge of Moses, I felt like people left out the most important parts about Moses. When I say people, I am referring to my previous Sunday school teachers as a child, pastors of the churches I've attended, and so forth. At first, I didn't blame myself, but now I take ownership of the fact that I never bothered to open my bible and learn about Moses life, because it's in there, and in quite a bit of detail I might add.
For Lent we are doing a church-wide study of the book called The God We Can Know by Rob Fuquay. In this book, Fuquay calls our attention to Exodus 3:1-14 which is where my interest in Moses began. By the time I made it to the end of verse 14 I was deeply intrigued about Moses. So I went back to the beginning of Exodus and started with 1:1 and read all the way to 5:22 since then I've made it to 12:42.
Seriously, go read it for yourself because it's that good.
As I read I couldn't help but find similarity after similarity between Moses and myself. I could be the daughter of Moses, I thought quietly to myself. Now I know what you're thinking, no Staci, you are the daughter of the one true king, God. I am not here to disagree with that fact, however, I do want to point out how alike Moses and I are.
I bet you and Moses have quite a bit in common yourself.
You know what though? God does this type of thing on purpose and often. He uses unlikely people to do big things in the world. Why is that? It's because it brings glory and honor to His name because it is clear that what is being done is far more powerful than what any human is capable of doing on their own.
Go check out 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 real quick so that the above text will make more sense. Seriously, stop reading and go look those verses up. Haha, just kidding, I've put it below to make it easier for you.
When God called Moses to lead the Israelite out of Egypt Moses was full of two things; questions and excuses. Much like we are today if we are keeping up with being honest. Exodus 3:11 shows Moses asking God his first question which went something like this, God, who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? I can imagine at this point Moses is thinking about himself in the following ways: I'm a murdered on the run, why would God use me, a murder? If I go back into Egypt will I not die for my crime? Does God realize I'm just a shepherd for my father-in-law now? I'm married with a family I can't just up and go save part of the world.
Then in Exodus 3:12 God replies saying, "Moses, I will be with you and this will be your sign."
Moses being much like me felt that God wasn't reassuring enough. How did he know God would for sure be there when he made it? He didn't and that terrified him. As bad as this sounds the promise from God was not enough to convince him. So Moses goes on to tell the Lord, well the Israelites will ask me what your name is, who exactly has sent me to them according to Exodus 3:13. What will I tell them?
The Lord answers, you tell them, I AM WHO I AM has sent me and I promise they will listen and hear you says Exodus 3:14-18.
Alright, God seems pretty sure of Himself and how the Israelites will respond once Moses gets there, right? This still isn't enough for Moses so he tells God in Exodus 4:1, "Lord, they won't believe me or listen to my voice, they are going to say I didn't see you." In other words, Moses figured they would think he was absolutely crazy. After all, who listens to some shepherd who all the suddens pops up and says hey by the way God sent me to set your free from Pharaoh.? I feel like Moses has legit concerns here. Do you?
The Lord must have really been sympathizing with Moses at this point because He began to perform three powerful signs through Moses. Then He tells Moses to use these so that they will know you were sent by me. Ok, God, that is impressive, not one but three powerful signs. Thanks for helping a brother out, surely when I go they will believe me, right?
And then Moses says this...
"Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue" Exodus 4:10, God, I can't is basically what Moses is saying. Surely God is going to say you know what Moses, I didn't realize this, thank you for pointing it out. Now it's getting late you should head back home with your flock to spend time with your family and I'll find someone more qualified. After all, God was going to send Moses to talk to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
However, that is not quite the reaction Moses received from God.
Exodus 4:11-12 goes something like this, the Lord reminds Moses that He is the creator of all things and He will give Moses what is needed when it's needed. At that very moment, Moses speech does not matter. Even after all of this Moses is still resistant to God's instruction. According to Exodus 4:13 Moses says, "Oh, my Lord, please (pretty please with a cherry on top) send someone else." I may have added in the pretty please with a cherry on top, but I do believe Moses was begging God to send someone else. Every other question or excuse he had come up with God had an answer for. This was his last chance to talk God out of it.
God began to become angry with Moses. Instead of letting Moses off the hook He told him that Aaron his brother would come along and help him. At which point Moses finally stops with the excuses and precedes to do as God has instructed him. I often wonder how long of a conversation Moses had with God who came to him through that burning bush.
I tell God some of the same things Moses told him. I wait on God to give me confidence and courage just like Moses did. Now do you see why I could see myself as the daughter of Moses? I now see why God brought me to that particular part of the book of Exodus. Despite all the ways Moses tried to disqualify himself God said don't worry I will be there to fill in your gaps I just need you to go.
God is still sharing messages like the one above today. He was kind enough to leave us examples like Moses to help us see that it's not just us, ah, the freedom in knowing this truth.
I believe God is using me to speak truth into your life right now. Is God knocking on your door and in return you are giving him excuses so you can run out the back door and hide? Instead of running, because you've done that long enough, I encourage you to take on a new perspective. Think about how big of a blessing it is to be used by God, the creator of the universe is picking YOU and it doesn't end there. He wants to use you to glorify His Holy name and bless others in the process. Sounds like a win/win to me.
Remember that just as God used Moses and his past destruction as a way of redemption He isn't out of that business. He wants to do the same for you. Will you let him?
To Our Dreams & Beyond,
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