B. God Answered Moses’ Objections (Ex 3:11–4:17)
Moses did not exactly jump at the chance to assume the leadership of a nation of slaves. That was an awesome task, and he shrunk from it. Moses raised five objections to his appointment.
1. He pled lack of standing (3:11–12). “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” The forty years in the wilderness obviously had humbled Moses. He felt woefully inadequate. God responded to this first objection with a twofold promise. First, the Lord promised to be with Moses. The believer’s source of power is not who he is, but who is with him! Second, God promised Moses success. He would bring the people out of Egypt to worship their God on Mt. Sinai.
2. He cited ignorance (3:13–22). If he were asked he would not be able to tell the Israelites the name of the God who was sending him. God answered this objection by telling Moses his name:I am. The statement “I am who I am” can be rendered a number of different …