Summary: 9 of 10. Exodus records the significance of God’s call to Moses. Answering God’s call is a significant challenge. But why? 16 challenges of/to answering God’s call. God’s call presents a challenge to...
The CHALLENGE OF GOD's CALL-IX—Exodus 3:1-22
Exodus records the significance of God’s call to Moses.
Answering God’s call presents a significant challenge.
To What does God’s call present a challenge?
16 challenges of/to God’s call.
We have found in previous weeks that,
God’s call presents a challenge to...
1. Our OCCUPATION(:1)
2. Our OBSERVATION(:2-3)
3. Our AVAILABILITY(:4)
4. Our APPROACH(:5)
5. Our AWE(:6)
6. Our COMPASSION(:7-9)
7. Our INABILITY(:10-11)
8. Our POWER(:12a)
9. Our FAITHFULNESS(:12b-13)
10. Our PROBABILITY(:14-15)
11. Our COMMITMENT(:16-17)
12. Our LEADERSHIP(:18a)
13—God’s call presents a challenge to...
Explanation:(:18b)Requests/Serve God/How does this effect others?
:18—“Then they will heed your voice; & you shall come, you & the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; & you shall say to him, ‘The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; & now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ ”
That they are to openly approach the king, desirous of “going” to serve(“sacrifice to”) the true God rather than Pharaoh’s god is surely courageously & forcefully assertive.
We would have been tempted to say, ‘Let me go so I can live my own life,’ rather than “let me go so I can “serve” on another plane.
“& you shall say to him, ‘The LORD God of the Hebrews has met with us; & now, please, let us go...”
Pharaoh will be told, in no uncertain terms, the name of YaHWeH—crucial to His identity as the ever existent God—& that this YaHWeH is the “God of the Hebrews.” Thus Pharaoh will be given the option & opportunity to choose & abide in YaHWeH God.
Their request would begin with just that...a request! “Please/“We beseech thee”/“We pray you,” etc. Very softened in recognition & respect for Pharaoh’s authority & seeming wisdom.
“let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’ ”
Though they are asking, their request will be out of the question for Pharaoh. “Three days’ journey” is an idiom meaning something like ‘A major journey with indeterminate time concerns.’—NAC
Even a literal “three days’ journey’ one way would put Pharaoh’s entire work force(600,000+ men(Ex. 23:27)) far away from the reach of Pharaoh & Egyptian culture(“into the wilderness”), untended by their ‘masters.’
Ex. 9:1(+:13; 8:1, 20; 10:3)—“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh & tell him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve[dbe] Me.” “Met”—hrq kaw-raw’—Niphal Perfect—1) To encounter, meet, befall, happen, come to meet—1b) (Niphal)—1b1) To encounter, meet(without pre-arrangement), 1b2) To chance to be present, 1b3) To come to meet. Strong—a primitive root; To light upon(chiefly by accident); causatively--To bring about; specifically--To impose timbers(for roof or floor).