Exodus 3:1,12 The king of Egypt had died, and the darkness of sorrow and oppression was fast thickening over Israel; but God knew where to find a man suited for His gracious purpose of deliverance “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” (Ex.3:10).
Moses is now eighty years old, but he is not too old for God, he is more fit for His work now that he has been bleached in the wilderness for forty years.
It takes a good deal to dry up the old sinful sap of self that is within us, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death”? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom.7:23,24).
Moses had attempted to save his brethren, but failed. Now he receives the call of God for the work. He went unsent, now God sends him.
Moses experienced a Manifestation of God before his eyes, “The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush”. This great light, this flame of fire was the symbol of God’s presence.
It signified God’s purity, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Heb.12:29). “Who shall dwell with devouring fire?” Who shall abide with everlasting burnings?” (Isa. 33: 14). Only the pure in heart, (Mt.5:8) says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
The presence of God in the soul devours the unclean desire of the heart. “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1. Pt. 1:16).
The fire signified the Lord’s power. “The bush burned with fire.”
When the Holy Ghost came down to empower the disciple He came in the likeness of tongues of fire, “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Ac.2:3,4).
We are made partakers of an Almighty power, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.“ (Mt.3:11).
This fire signified a great mystery. “And the bush was not consumed.” (v.2).
The holy, consuming presence was there, yet the bush was preserved.
What a symbol of God in Christ, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I.Tim:3:16). (II.Cor. 5:19) tells us, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, “(ITim.3:16).
What a picture of the believer, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (I.Cor.3:16,17). (Ac.1:8) tells us “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (II.Cor. 4:7) tells us “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Moses received a revelation from the Lord, “Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight.”
This turning aside was needed. Think of what he would have missed if he had heedlessly passed on.
To meet with God, and be taught of Him, man must turn aside, even from his lawful business, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Mt.4:19,20).
We must turn aside, particularly from the pleasures of sin and the reasoning of a fleshly mind.
When you see a new light burning in the bush of God’s providence, or in a text of His Word, turn aside and seek to know the full meaning of it. It was said of the apostle Paul “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:”(Ac.9:3).
Moses turned aside with a determination, “I will now turn aside and see why the bush is not burned.”
Perhaps he stood for a time wondering if he would turn aside, but now his mind is made up, “I will seek it out.” “Ye shall find Me when ye shall search for Me with all your heart,” (Jer.23:1.9).
In turning aside he heard God’s voice, “When the LORD saw that he turned aside, He called unto him.”
A man soon finds God when he leaves all to seek Him. The voice of God is soon heard in the soul when we have yielded to His invitation.
God sees every turn we take, whether it is to Him or from Him, and He acts accordingly.
Moses found a Gracious Revelation. In turning aside Moses was turning to God.
Moses in turning to God received a great revelation of the Lord’s character, “I am the God of thy fathers.” This was a declaration of the eternity of the Name of the Lord.
Yes, when a sinner turns aside to see that great sight on Calvary’s Cross what a revelation of God is made known to him.
There was a revelation of the lord’s sympathetic interest in him, “I have surely seen the affliction, and have heard their cry, for I know their sorrows.” God knew the sorrows, and heard the cry of a groaning world.
In answer, out of His own bosom He sent His Son. Herein is love. Christ is the revelation of the love of God.
A revelation of his saving purpose “I am come down to deliver.”
God came down into the bush to save His people through His servant Moses.
The apostle Paul declared in (II.Cor. 5 :20) “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (II.Cor.5:20).
God has come down in Christ to save through the Gospel. This was a twofold deliverance.
To bring them out. To bring them in. Out of Egypt into Canaan, out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God.
To accomplish this great salvation our gracious God had to humble Himself, He had to come down. “Obedient unto death” according (Phil.1:8).
Moses ha a Definite Commission from the Lord. “Come now, and I will send thee.”
The revelation of God always precedes a commission by God.
The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost meant not only power to the disciples, but also a fuller revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ. Then they went forth.
Time. “Come now. ” Now that ye have failed in your own strength ; now that ye have been brought very low during these forty years, waiting in the wilderness; now that ye have had a new and fuller vision of Myself; now that ye know the desire of My heart concerning the people.
Moses had a purpose for his life, “Bring forth My people.” They are in bondage and misery, but they are Mine.
Bring them forth by declaring My will and Word to them To the disciples Jesus said ” Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk.16:16).
Today, Jesus is calling out a people for His Name, “Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.” (Ac.15:14).
Moses had power and authority in the name of the Lord. “I will send thee.” We see in chapter 2:12 Moses going in his own name, ”And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.” now he has the authority and the power of God.
Moses received his Pentecost at the burning bush, there he received his power for service.
Have you received this authority? There must be a yielding to His call before He sends forth in His Name. “Come, and I will send thee.”