He thought he had escaped his past and hidden well in his new hometown of Midian. Life back in Egypt had been both hard and good. Good in that Moses enjoyed the privileges and education of royalty as an adopted son in Pharaoh’s kingdom. Hard, because he never forgot his true heritage. He was an Israelite by birth, and it had pained him terribly to see his own people so badly abused. In their defense, one day he killed a cruel Egyptian taskmaster who was tormenting a fellow Hebrew. The loyalty cost him his royal position and he fled to Midian to start a new life—an easier one. The sheep he tended there never argued or fought. They simply followed his lead, and life became good again.
Then You, God, showed up, blazing in a bush along Moses’ path, his life flaming with Your passion. “Go set my people free,” You commanded. Fear attacked from all sides. How could Moses say no to a holy God? But how could an ordinary shepherd deliver a nation?
“Send someone else,” he countered. But You would not have it. You had chosen Moses from before birth for this task, equipped him in ways he hadn’t even understood. Eventually, Moses began to see. The great I AM would be everything he could need, his own inadequacies insignificant in Your light—powerful, just, and compassionate— leading through him.
So Moses obeyed, step by step, and Israel’s history changed forever. Through ten disastrous plagues, You demonstrated Your supremacy over worthless Egyptian idols. Then leading Your people on dry land through a parted Red Sea, You sealed Egypt’s attempt to recapture the Israelites by drowning all who pursued them.
The Israelites slowly realized they were a people again—Your people, freed from former bondage to worship the One who delivered them. Moses as mediator received Your commands for holy living, instructions for the Tabernacle. He explained to Your people what it meant to have fellowship with You, a righteous God…what it looked like for their relationship to be restored, to be one again.
At Exodus’ conclusion, they built the Tabernacle, and Your glory descended to fill it. You had come to dwell with Your people, to love and lead them through life. Your cloud by day and fire by night reminded Moses and all Your people: The great I AM always has been and forever will be the one you need.