Summary: God gives Moses a second chance.
1. “Every vice has its excuse ready.”
2. “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.”
3. “If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.”
4. “We have 40 million reasons for failure, but not one excuse.”
Excuse\ik-skyiis: 1. The act of apology, 2. Attempt to remove blame, 3. To request release from consequences, 4. To justify, 5. To pass over without blame, censure, or punishment.
B. THE SETTING FOR MOSES’ EXCUSES
1. God is giving Moses a second chance.
2. God is demonstrating His power in a burning bush.
3. Moses has just yielded, “Here am I,” and he is on his face.
4. Like a first grader, Moses thinks he knows it all.
C. MOSES’ FOUR EXCUSES AND GOD’S ANSWER
1. UNFIT. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” (Ex. 3:11).
a. Was Moses afraid of Pharaoh because a price was on his head? No.
b. Was Moses truly humble? No.
c. This excuse was probably motivated by unbelief.
d. Every day dawns differently, i.e., sunshine, rain, snow, cloudy, but the promise of God’s presence never changes. “Lo, I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).
GOD’S ANSWER: God’s presence. “Certainly I will be with you” (Ex. 3:12).
2. UNTAUGHT. “When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘the God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘what is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” (Ex. 3:13).
GOD’S ANSWER: Tell them who I am. “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you” (Ex. 3:14).
a. Moses knew his mother’s name, Jochebed – Jehovah my glory.
b. Israel knew this name but not used it. “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD (I AM, I AM), I was not known to them” (Ex. 6:3).
c. I AM, I AM means living in the eternal present tense, the Self-Existent One and Redeemer.
God’s Three Old Testament Names
God, Elohim – the powerful Creator
LORD, Yahweh – the self-existing, covenant keeper
Master, Adonai, the One who owns and directs me
d. Jesus means Jehovah saves.
e. Jesus identified Himself by the seven I AMs in John.
3. UNBELIEVING: “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, “The LORD has not appeared to you” (Ex. 4:1).
a. An ambassador who denies the king who sent him, has no power.
b. Moses was denying the sign of the burning bush.
GOD’S ANSWER: “What is in your hand?” (Ex. 4:2). God uses the weakest; used with an earthen pitcher, a shepherd’s sling, an ox goad, a ram’s horn, and here God uses a shepherd’s rod, the weakest of animals, but more powerful than a king’s scepter or a soldier’s sword.
(1) A rod becomes a serpent, part of Egypt’s worship. Pick it up by its tail and it became a rod (Ex. 4:3-4).
(2) Thrust hand in bosom to become leprous, again for healing (Ex. 4:6-7).