By Joey D. Frechette
Jesus on several occasions tells His disciples that the law and the prophets wrote about Him. One example of this is when Jesus, after reading from the book of Isaiah, said to the church leaders that “today this scripture has been fulfilled in your ears” Luke 4:18-21. It is widely accepted that the Old Testament is a type and shadow of the coming Messiah. This being said let us look at Moses and what it was God had called him to do, and how we can draw the great commission from Exodus chapter 3.
Starting in Exodus chapter 3 we see that Moses has an encounter with God. During this time we see God speaking to Moses about the affliction of His people and how He has called Moses to deliver them. Exodus 3:7&8 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians… As we read this we can see that Gods people where enslaved by the Egyptians. Egypt and the oppression of Gods people are a type and shadow of mankind in this world without God’s salvation. As I read this passage of scripture I can see the generation of today’s young people crying out for something real, something or someone who is going to set them free from the oppression of this world’s taskmasters. Praise God that their cry has been heard by God.
God said to Moses in Exodus 3:9&10 behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come to me: and I have also seen the oppression where with the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. How exciting it is when we think about how God sent His only begotten Son to this world to set us free from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness and death). That is what we are seeing here in verses 9&10, a foreshadow of what God was going to do in and through Jesus Christ. Isaiah 61:1 (amp) we see that Jesus came to …bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound.
Even as God called Moses to bring the Israelites up out of Egypt and how He sent Jesus to set mankind free, I believe He has called us to go into Egypt (our world) and preach the gospel and to set this generation free from the bondage of this world (Mark 16:15). As we keep reading we see that not only did God say to Moses “I will send you to bring my people out” we also see that God told him that He would be with him as he went. Let us not question God’s divine appointment in sending us out into this generation like we see Moses doing in verse 11. Let’s be confident in knowing that the Great I AM has sent us, just the same as he sent Moses and Jesus. In John 20:21 Jesus tells His disciples that “just like My Father sent Me, even so I AM sending you.
Your family, friends and others that don’t know the Lord Jesus are waiting to be set free, their hearts cry out to know a living God. God has heard from heaven and is now calling on us to be a modern day Moses, to go into the land of bondage and bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey. In Exodus 4 we see how God told Moses to use what was in his hand (the rod) to prove to the people that God had appeared to him. Until that time it was just a stick but when the power of God got on that stick it did miraculous things. God is calling on us now to use what we have. He will empower your gifts and talents to be used in bringing this generation out of bondage. When they ask who sent you? Tell them about our Great and Awesome God.