Identity. Intention. Indication. When we think of Moses, we often have a clear picture in our minds of the type of man he was based on the biblical accounts we study about his life. This passage takes us on a warp speed journey from Moses’ birth to his interaction with God at the burning bush. About 80 years of life summed up in two chapters. It’s the foundation for our picture of Moses’ identity. It’s a striking display of God’s intention in the calling of Moses. It’s an indication of a far greater Rescuer to come.
Moses was an ordinary man whose life was defined by his dramatic start and his hesitant, yet ultimate, obedience to lead God’s people to freedom. We often think of the patience he must have had to endure the complaints of the Israelites over the years. The way he interceded on their behalf even though they continually questioned his leadership. Sometimes, we even put him on a pedestal. In reality, Moses was an ordinary man whose identity was found in his relationship with his Creator. God called him into relationship and then into service. God intentionally sought after Moses and used him for the deliverance of His people. God had no need of human help, however, He intentionally used Moses for His glory. His inclusion of Moses as a rescuer, indicates and points us to the perfect Rescuer. Unlike our perfect Rescuer, Moses was a sinner and he questioned God regularly. He was slow to obey and still failed on occasion. Jesus is better. Jesus lived a sinless life, willingly taking on our sin and rescuing us from our certain separation from God.
As we go out (or stay in) today, let’s remember where our identity is found. It’s not found in our own success or accomplishments, but rather it is rooted in our relationship with our Creator. God intentionally calls us as Christ-followers to be in relationship with Him and serve Him in whatever we do. We are called to bring glory to Him above all else. Our lives should be an indication of God’s mercy and grace. Our lives should point those around us to the Rescuer who paid the greatest price for our freedom from sin.