One Man, One Calling: Is it Your Calling?

“And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already…Joseph died…and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them… For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” (Ex. 1:5-7; 40:38).blog tabernacle

Exodus recounts the seed of a nation to its birth and growth. It begins with Israel dwelling in Egypt as slaves and ends with the growing nation dwelling with its God. In between the first and last page one man and his calling emerge.

“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses; and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” Ex. 2:19.

Moses’ life began with a drawing out of the water and step by step continued with the Lord God drawing him out, from among his brothers and himself, to become God’s tool of deliverance.

“And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I…Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 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. 3:4,9,10.

For a chapter and a half Moses tells God, He has the wrong man. The Lord God answers each of Moses’ concerns, drawing him out of doubt and into a fledgling faith that reluctantly surrenders. So, why Moses? Why not Aaron who became his mouth?

A couple of logical reasons would be, Moses being raised in the knowledge of the Egyptians giving him an advantage over other Hebrews; His faithful and courageous mother played an important part instructing him in his early years of his true heritage, to the degree Moses chose to be counted a Hebrew slave rather than an Egyptian prince. Scripture doesn’t expressly answer this question, but I believe the following may hold the clues to the answer to not only Moses’ calling but God’s calling on each of our lives.

After failing in his own strength to deliver the children of Israel, Moses fled from the calling on his life.

“And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” Acts 7:24,25.

Nor did Moses any longer understand. The journey to seeing himself as God saw him began and would culminate in his seeing God for who He is, “I AM THAT I AM”.

Paul supplies one possible answer in 2Corinthians 12:9. “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” It was not because of Moses’ great faith for at first it was small, but because of his weakness. His acknowledgment of his own limitations brought him one step closer to the Lord God.

“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth… And he{the Lord} said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence…And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” (Numb.12:3;Ex. 33:14,15,17).

Moses’ faith started faint but finished in fulfilling all the Lord commanded him.

“And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken of after;” Heb. 3:5.

No less than fifteen times in Exodus 39 and 40, we see the phrase, “Just as the LORD commanded Moses.”

You nor I are called to deliver Israel from bondage, but we, his children, are called to sound the gospel message that delivers all who believe from death’s bondage into life everlasting with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus knows our names. Will we follow Moses’ example and follow the Lord from faith to faith, fulfilling our calling?

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” Eph. 4:1,2.

Moses’ testimony of faith, meekness, and obedience fills four books of the Old Testament and is mentioned in several other books throughout the bible. What testimony of Moses would you want found in your life? How can you gain it?