The Call in the Wilderness

(Shared by our daughter, Megan on Sunday, April 26th during our Meeting)

A few weeks ago at the end of one of our prayer and fasting nights, I had a vision of a little campfire sitting in the middle of the desert with a large oak tree hanging over it. The corresponding scripture I got was Exodus 3:4.

I shared the vision with my spiritual family that meets at home on Sundays, and was encouraged to spend time chewing on it and praying through it. I took that challenge and for 5 or 6 consecutive days after, I spent some time chewing and chewing that cud and praying, asking God what He wanted me to get from this. After that time, I felt encouraged to share with my spiritual family what God shared with me:

Exodus 3:2-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”

When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

“Here I am!” Moses replied.

“Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father[a]—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”

13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

14 God replied to Moses, “I am who i am.[b] Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh,[c] the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

This is my eternal name,
    my name to remember for all generations.

16 “Now go and call together all the elders of Israel. Tell them, ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—has appeared to me. He told me, “I have been watching closely, and I see how the Egyptians are treating you. 17 I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”’

 

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God CALLED to Moses- 
v. 4 
“When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, Moses! Moses! Here I am! Moses replied. 
  • Call= speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance” “to make a request or demand” 
  • John 10: 3 “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out…” 
God COMMISIONED Moses- 
v. 10 
Now go, for I am sending you to Pharoah. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt. 
  • Commission= “authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner” “formal written warrant granting power to perform various duties or acts” 
  • Matthew 10: 1 “Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness” 
God COMMANDED Moses- 
v. 16 
’Now go and call together all the elders of Israel. Tell them, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors-the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-has appeared to me. He told me, ‘I have been watching closely, and I see how the Egyptians are treating you.” 
  • Command= “to direct authoritatively” “to order or request to be given” 
NOW: Go– to where I [the Lord] am sending you 
Call– together fellow believers 
Tell– them what I told you (share) 

 

 

Promise:  
v. 17 
“I have promised to rescue you from your oppressor in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey- the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live”. 
Isaiah 55: 11  
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” 

 

-What is God saying? = He is calling to each of us, he gave us the authority and the command now we must go, call and tell others so they may be freed from their bondage. It is and active CALL, COMMISSION, and COMMAND. We are not meant to be mannequins, but militants. 
  1. How is God calling to you? (for He is always speaking) 
  1. In what way has He given you the authority to fulfill what He commanded of you? 
  1. What has He commanded of you? 
-What does this mean for me (Megan)? 
  • have specific tasks ordained by God for myself and for the body of Christ, so my part is to partner with God for His words will not return void. 
-What does this mean for all of us? 
  • Are you partnering with God in the things He has called you to? 

 

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