Bible Order: Exodus 24–26
Chronological Order: Genesis 35–37
New Testament Only: Matthew 16:13–28
“Oh My Lord, Please Send Someone Else”
As Christians we submitted our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That means that we agreed to obey Him. We agreed that He would drive our lives. As we all have discovered, saying we’ll submit is easier than actually submitting. We want to obey but so many things get in our way of being faithful in obedience. Family, work, and any number of worldly distractions can leave us overwhelmed. When God then calls upon us to act on His behalf in faith, we just don’t feel up to the challenge. Many times we tell God we just can’t do it, and, as the title to this post suggests, we ask Him to send someone else.
In today’s passage we find Moses facing God in the form of the burning bush. God instructed him to go back to Egypt as His instrument of salvation for the children of Israel. Now it wasn’t by accident that Moses found his way in to the royal family of Pharaoh. Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house, within the corridors of power. He received the best education possible in that day; the education of a king. All of this was part of God’s preparation of Moses for this exact moment; to lead God’s Chosen People out of bondage. When God instructed Moses to speak to Pharaoh and the people of Israel, to perform signs and miracles, all Moses could see were his inadequacies.
Moses said, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Moses understood, perhaps better than anyone, the monumental task God placed before him, and he was correct that he could not achieve that task – at least in his own power. What Moses failed to understand is that God was not sending him unprepared and He was not sending him alone. God answered Moses’ fears by telling him that He would be with him and teach him what to say and do.
Exodus 4:12-13 ESV
“ ‘Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’  But he said, ‘Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.’”