This past Sabbath, my husband and I were studying Exodus 3 and he mentioned something very interesting. When Moses expressed doubt about appearing before Pharaoh and asking him to let the people go God said to him, “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.” My husband pointed out God’s words here. They were more than reassuring. They were prophetic.
God made two very important statements:
- When you have brought the people out of Egypt
- you shall serve God on this mountain
He is making it clear to Moses that not only is He going to send him to Pharaoh but two things will happen: Moses will succeed in bringing the people out of Egypt and he will bring them to the same mountain he was standing on at the moment.
God was assuring Moses that the mission would be successful. He will bring the people out of Egypt and to this very mountain where they were to worship the God who sent Moses to deliver them.
It’s natural to have doubts especially when you are faced with challenges that may seem to be more than you can handle. Moses saw insurmountible difficulties ahead of him–he wasn’t much of a spokesperson. He was going back to the place from which he fled and he was going to face Pharaoh and tell him to let the slaves go. He wondered, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
He must have been scared stiff. Yet, God promised him, “I will certainly be with you.”
God told Moses that when he brought the people out of Egypt and to this mountain to worship God, that would prove that He, God, had sent Moses to deliver the people. God assured Moses that he would not be alone. He even told him what would happen. He told him what to say to the children of Israel. He told Moses, “But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”
Of course, all of this came to pass. The Pharoah refused to let the people go so God poured out plagues on the land and the Egyptian people. Eventually, Pharaoh let the people go. And just as God told Moses, the children of Israel asked the Egyptians for articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35, 36).
And just as God said, Moses brought the people to Horeb, the same mount where he met with God and was given the charge to bring the people out of Egypt. It was there that the people came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. It was there in the midst of the fire that God spoke to them. It was there He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments—which he commanded the people to keep, and which He wrote on two stone tablets. It was at that time that the Lord commanded Moses to teach them His decrees and regulations so that they would obey them in the land they were about to enter and occupy.
The people were to serve God on that very mountain–the same mountain where He revealed Himself to Moses as I AM. Moses’ faith must have grown stronger when he saw the events unfold before him–the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, etc.
God told Abraham that his descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. God assured him that He would judge the nation whom the Israelites and the Israelites will come out of Egypt with great possessions. In the fourth generation they shall return to the Promised Land. On the same day God told Abraham about the slavery and hardship that Israel would endure in Egypt, he made a covenant saying, On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites” (Genesis 15:13-21).
Then four hundred years later, the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. God heard and answered the prayers of His people. He chose someone to bring them out of Egypt. He chose Moses, the same Moses who was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. It was this Moses to whom He said, “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. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
As Stephen testified, “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years (Acts 7:35, 36). God kept His promise to Abraham. He delivered Israel by Moses.
Do you doubt God when challenges arise? Do you lose faith when things are not going the way you imagine that they would? Like Moses we too experience fear and doubts and believe that we can’t do what God calls us to do but just as God assured Moses, he assures each of us that He will be with us.
The next time God calls you to do something you think you cannot accomplish, remember that God can equip you and it is through His power and not your own that you can achieve whatever task He sets before you. Moses didn’t think he could do what God called him to do but God found a way and Moses accomplished his task. He brought the people out of Egypt and to the mountain where they were to meet and serve the God who had set them free from bondage. Remember with God all things are possible. Don’t limit God’s power. Instead, allow Him to work amazing things through you. Just be ready and willing and have the faith and He will do the rest.
Today you can stand on the promises of God. Just remember how He fulfilled His promise to Abraham four hundred years later in Moses. God might be using you to fulfill a promise He made to someone else.