No. 126
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Moses grew into a very important prince of Egypt. But his heart was with the Hebrew slaves who were his own people. It made him angry to see them starved, over-worked and beaten. One day he saw a slave being badly treated, so he killed the Egyptian who did it, and hid his body in the sand. (Exodus 2:11). Pharaoh heard about this, and he wanted to kill Moses - so Moses ran away from Egypt.

He went to another place called Midian, and he married a daughter of a priest there. Her name was Zipporah.  He was a stranger there, but Moses lived quite happily for many years in Midian. Then the king of Egypt died, and the poor Israelites (the Hebrew slaves) were crying to God to get them out of slavery. And God wanted to answer their prayers, so He called Moses to be their leader - right over in Midian! Moses couldn’t get away from God by running away, that’s for sure. It all happened in a thrilling way. Maybe you have seen a film with the story of Moses in it, and know all about the burning bush? I have. If you have you will not be surprised by what I will tell you next.

Moses was leading his flock of sheep away out in the desert, and he came to the mountain of God at Horeb. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him! The Angel came as a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Just an ordinary bush growing there in the wilderness. What a sight it was, for the fire was crackling away but the bush never burned up.  Moses went to see the strange thing. And God Himself called to him out of the bush, and said “ Moses, Moses.” Moses must have been afraid, but he said straight away bravely, “Here am I.” God told him to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.

Then God gave Moses special instructions, but Moses wasn’t so sure about it.
He thought of himself as just a man who looks after sheep, not a prince of Egypt any more. God had seen the awful troubles of the Hebrew slaves, and had heard their cries for deliverance. He said that He wanted to take them to a beautiful land, the Promised Land, that would be “flowing with milk and honey.”  God said this to Moses “Come now therefore, and I will send thee (you) unto (to) Pharaoh, that thou mayest (might) bring forth my people (bring them out) the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
(Exodus 3:10).

Well, Moses was shocked by that command of God! What a thing for a man who looks after sheep to do!  Go to the mighty ruler of Egypt, and take away millions of slaves! He said, “Who am I, that I should go unto (to) Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth (bring out) the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (verse 11). Who do you think I am, God? Not me, surely not me! He thought the Hebrews would never follow him, and that certainly the Egyptians would hunt him and kill him.  But the Almighty God can do anything with anyone, for He has the power, not the person He chooses. God said to Moses:
“I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt (shall) thou (you) say unto (to) the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me to you.” (verse 14).

That “I AM THAT I AM” Is the Name of God which shows He is the only real One - the One Who alone made everything and everyone! He could make Moses a mighty leader of Israel slaves  and could be trusted - and so Moses went, and did what he was told. We will hear all about some miracles tomorrow!

“ If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

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