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MINISTRY (QUALIFICATIONS FOR)

October 16, 2014

Thursday

 

Exodus 3:11

 

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

 

LESSON

 

God begins his discourse with Moses by warning him not to come near to him because he is holy. God proceeded to explain the reason for His revelation. The suffering of His people had touched His heart. He had heard their cries and seen their affliction. Now He purposed to deliver them.

Moses had become genuinely humble during his years as a mere shepherd in Midian. Earlier an Israelite had asked Moses, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us?” Now Moses asked the same thing of God: “Who am I that I should . . . bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

“Some time before he had offered himself of his own accord as a deliverer and judge; but now he had learned humility in the school of Midian, and was filled in consequence with distrust of his own power and fitness. The son of Pharaoh’s daughter had become a shepherd, and felt himself too weak to go to Pharaoh. Moses was reluctant to serve God because he was too self-conscious and not God-conscious enough. Our success as God’s servants does not depend on our natural abilities as much as on our trust and obedience. As the signs on church marquees proclaims: “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”

 

Memory verse: Judges 6:15

 

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