Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
I. HIS CALL WAS RENDERED NECESSARY BY INTENSE NATIONAL SUFFERING (ver. 7).
1. The sufferings to which the Israelites were exposed.
(1) Politically they were prisoners.
(2) Socially they were bondmen.
(3) Commercially they were ruined.
(4) Religiously they were degenerate.
2. The Divine attention to the sufferings of the Israelites. God has deep sympathy with the sorrowful.
(1) God sees the pain of the oppressed.
(2) God hears the cry of the oppressed.
(3) God relieves the pain of the oppressed.
II. HE WAS CALLED TO HIS MISSION BY THE IMMEDIATE AGENCY OF GOD (ver. 10).
1. His free agency was consulted. Such a call is —
2. His adaptability was considered. Social considerations are subordinate. A shepherd may be called to accomplish the freedom of Israel. Hence the Divine call to human souls is —
III. HE WAS DEFINITELY MADE ACQUAINTED WITH THE MISSION HE HAD TO UNDERTAKE (ver. 10).
1. He was to pay a visit to royalty.
2. He was to achieve the freedom of Israel. God forewarns him of the difficulties, that they may not surprise or overwhelm. This arrangement is —
(3) Accommodated to our weakness.
IV. IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS MISSION HE WAS ANIMATED BY THE HIGHEST HOPES (ver. 8).
1. He anticipated the freedom of Israel.
2. He anticipated conquest in the event of war.
3. He anticipated residence in a land of beauty and fertility. God always animates those engaged in great service by great hopes.Lessons:
1. That God knows how to prepare men to become the deliverers of the good.
2. That a Divine call is requisite for the mission of life.
3. That human sorrow is pathetic and powerful in its appeal to God.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
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