Moses, the one-time prince of Egypt, now staff in hand, and desert dust filling his nostrils leads his father-in-law’s sheep to the backside of the desert to Mount Horeb. He had once believed himself to be the children of Israel’s deliverer, but quickly discovered his way of doing things was not to be. Now, forty years of being a shepherd he no longer knew his destiny nor identity. Then God called his name.
If the sudden combustion of a nearby bush into crackling flames didn’t peak Moses’ curiosity, the fact it didn’t turn to ash – did.
“And Moses said,
I will now turn aside, and see this great sight,
why the bush is not burnt.”
He was all eyes and ears as he pondered the sight when –
“God called unto him out of the midst of the bush.”
Was it only the voice Moses heard or did God in the person of the preincarnate Christ stand in the midst of the fire? We know he was in the fire with the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We, also, know what John saw.
“one like unto the Son of man …
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
And his feet like a furnace;
and his voice as the sound of many waters …
and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
( see Revelation 1:14-16 for full description)
When the Lord called, “Moses, Moses,” did his voice reverberate like the many waters John heard, or did he gently call in the still small voice Elijah heard? In my opinion, it would be in the voice John heard because he wanted Moses’ undivided attention. Whichever, the Lord called him by name and called him to a work whereby the Lord would reveal himself to Moses and his people.
“Who am I that I should go unto Pharoah,
and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
The Lord did not concern himself with who Moses was but in his availability to accept the invitation to come and know him as none had known him before.
The Lord’s Promise:
“Certainly I will be with thee:
and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee:
When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt,
ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew God by his revealed names to them. Now, Moses wants to know by what name the Lord has come to him and the children of Israel.
The Greatest Name Passage:
“And God said unto Moses,
I AM THAT I AM:
and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.
And God said moreover unto Moses,
Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
The LORD God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
hath sent me unto you:
this is my name for ever,
and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Exodus 3: 14,15
As God called to Moses from a burning bush on a mountain, He has spoken to us from the fiery trial of a cross on a mountain. He revealed himself as the great I AM who possesses life within himself and fills our every need.
“All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life,
and the life was the light of men.”
Now the same Lord who spoke with Moses sits on the right hand of the throne of God inviting us to come, know the great I AM intimately. David, the psalmist, delivers –
The Invitation and Its Promises:
“O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the LORD, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that fear him.”
The Lord knows our names. He loves us and wants us to come to know him, the great I AM.
How would you want the Lord to call your name? as Moses? Elijah? Or maybe Mary at the tomb?
The full account of the Lord’s conversation with Moses is found in Exodus chapters 3 & 4.