Peter Barnes: Exodus 3:11-22 (NO AUDIO)
(18 November 2018)
SERMON NOTES : “I AM” SPEAKS (Exodus 3:11-22)
– note 3:11, 13; 4:1, 10, 13.
1. Moses is insufficient.
(a) He is afraid.
– 3:11. Moses is no Isaiah – Isa.6:8. Is Moses driven by humility or fear? Calvin writes of Moses as being ‘worthy of praise’. Aslan said to Prince Caspian: ‘If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.’ Alan Cole: ‘Self-distrust is good, but only if it leads to trust in God.’
(b) He is lacking in knowledge.
– 3:13. Genesis 4:29 has the word ‘Yahweh’ or ‘I am who I am’. The name probably dropped out of widespread use – hence Ex.6:2-3. In Cervantes’ Don Quixote the Knight of the Woeful Countenance tries to liberate some slaves who then turn on him. Moses feels insufficient.
2. God is sufficient.
(a) He will be with Moses.
– 3:12. God promises to be with His people – Ps.23:4. Jesus speaks the same language at the Great Commission – Matt.28:19-20.
(b) He is self-existent.
– 3:14. Paul describes himself in 1 Cor.15:10. God does not speak like that; Christ never speaks like that – John 8:58-59; Heb.13:8.
(c) He holds the future in His hands.
– 3:15-22. God is the God of the covenant (3:15-16) and He is compassionate (3:16-17). God knows how the Hebrew elders will respond to Moses, that Pharaoh will resist, and that the Israelites would ‘plunder the Egyptians’. This fits in with the later law given to Moses regarding slaves – Deut.15:12-15.