Gary Barker is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He has published multiple books and articles about popular culture including, “The Making Of The President 2016: Campaigning On Social Media” which won the Best Book Award from Society for Cultural Sociology in 2017.
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So far in our study of Moses’ life, we’ve discovered that he was forty years old when he escaped Egypt for his life and spent the following forty years as a shepherd in the region of Midian. Moses was reared and taught to be a Pharaoh, but after failing as a killer, he became a shepherd, a job the Egyptians detested.
Moses had an easy life as a shepherd, having his own family and being a happy married man. Moses seemed to like his way of life and had no intention of changing it. On Mt. Sinai, however, God will come to Moses and urge him to make a significant shift in his life. Moses will be called by God to be the human deliverer of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.
Moses made it obvious to God that he had no desire to return to Egypt, as seen by his justifications. After God’s convincing reply to Moses’ justifications, Moses eventually surrendered to God’s summons. Moses’ inferiority problem was overcome by God assuring him of His presence and heavenly assistance. As he learnt to rely on God, Moses grew into a great leader and deliverer. Exodus 3:1-4:17 has a detailed account of all of these occurrences.
The miraculous apparition of God in the form of a burning bush starts Moses’ summons to divine service (Exodus 3:1-10). Theologically, this apparition is referred to be a divine Theophany, in which God appears to Moses and talks to him. Jesus informed the Sadducees in Mark 12:26 that God spoke to Moses. God revealed Himself to be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Lord Jehovah. Because he was standing on hallowed ground, God told Moses to take off his shoes.
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The Lord told Moses that He was aware of His people Israel’s suffering as slaves in Egypt, and that it was the Lord’s intention to liberate them. The Lord told Moses that He had chosen him to be the deliverer who would face Pharaoh and release Israel from slavery in Egypt. The Lord assured Moses that Israel would be freed because of God’s presence and might. Moses, on the other hand, refused to react affirmatively to God’s invitation. Returning to Egypt was not something Moses wanted to do. He offered God five reasons why he wasn’t fit to be Israel’s deliverer.
Moses seemed to have acquired a severe inferiority complex as a result of his previous failure, which happened forty years before when he escaped Egypt as a murderer. Moses had clearly never forgiven himself for his previous mistakes. This drove Moses to make reasons to God for refusing to accept God’s command. God responded positively to Moses’ justifications, assuring him that with heavenly assistance, he would be able to carry out God’s desire. Moses eventually gave in and agreed to follow God.
This portion of scripture teaches a magnificent divine principle: when God calls a person to serve Him, He will ALWAYS empower and help that person to succeed in all he undertakes. In our next meditation, we’ll look at God’s response to each of Moses’ justifications.
There are some lessons to be learned.
- A person’s past failures might lead to a strong inferiority complex.
- The presence and power of God may help a person transcend any feelings of failure in the past.
- God delights in the prosperity of His servants.
As an example:
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