Scripture Reading: Matthew 17:24-27

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10

Once in the arm of the flesh Moses had attempted to be the leader of his oppressed people and failed utterly. Rejected by the very race he sought to aid in his unsanctified zeal, he spent forty years on the backside of the desert! (Ex. 2:11-15). Moses had made the mistake so commonly encountered among God's people; he had failed to realize that the Lord never says "go" before He first says "Come"! Not until we have answered His loving call to seek fellowship with Him and to receive His unction does He send us! When we are thus qualified, however, our natural inability and the immensity of the task has no bearing on the glorious outcome of our mission. For when He sends, He empowers! Although Moses had several things in his favor, such as his mother's early training, his schooling in all the learning of the Egyptians, and his practical and devotional experiences on the backside of the desert, yet there was no one who at the time looked less likely to succeed in leading Israel out of bondage! Having slain one of Pharaoh's overseers, his return to the court might mean his death! Secondly, he had met with only resentment and ridicule in his first attempt at being a leader, and he had no guarantee that he would not be similarly rejected now! Thirdly, as a natural pretender to the throne of Egypt (as "the son of Pharaoh's daughter") he would be eyed with suspicion and probably marked for extermination by the new potentate who had taken over in his absence (Ex. 2:23). Finally, he was not possessed of some of the necessary qualifications of a leader. He was very meek, rather than dynamic, and "slow of speech" rather than a persuasive orator! Yet, Moses' success was assured in the words: "I will send thee!" In Christian service nothing outweighs the call of the Lord! (H.G.B.)

He marks the steps, he goes before,

From this time forth, for evermore,

Then from thy heart let praise outpour —

He leads us on!

— Anon.

"The measure of your usefulness is determined by the measure of your consecration!"

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