Sometimes when God (Jesus) wants to converse with a person He calls their name twice. For example, “Moses! Moses!” (Ex 3:4) or “Martha! Martha!” (Lk 10:41), or Simon! Simon! (Lk 22:31) or “Samuel! Samuel!” (1 Samuel 3:10). Why is that? Could it be because God wants their undivided attention? Or perhaps it’s because God wants to impart a truth/revelation that impacts the entire universe of people. OR IS IT BECAUSE OTHERS ARE CALLING OUR NAME, TOO, AND GOD WANTS TO SEE IF WE RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE AND WILL ANSWER HIS CALL?
I, personally believe it is the latter.
Let’s take a closer look at the calling of Moses. In Exodus 3:4 we read: “God called to him from the bush and said, Moses, Moses, and Moses said, ‘Here I Am’.” How does those sentences actually read to you? Is Moses saying to the ‘voice’ here I am over here OR, over here…I Am!
I bet none of you chose the latter expression. That’s because when the scriptures were translated from the Greek to the King James Bible the English punctuation marks were incorporated…sometimes mistakenly or in error or not at all.
God, however, rejoiced to hear that Moses recognized just Who it was that was calling him. Well, maybe not altogether…but at least Moses used God’s real Name…I AM.
Let’s continue with God’s conversation with Moses in Exodus 3:5. “Do not draw away. Take your shoes from your feet, for the place were you stand is holy ground.”
Through my in depth conversations with God using scriptures, here is how He has interpreted the above verse for me. ‘Moses, concentrate on this moment only, fear not. Remove from your mind all other distracting thoughts. You have truly recognized Me by the power of the Holy Spirit and your total being is holy ground.’
[As an aside thought, did not Jesus have a similar conversation with Nicodemus one night? Nick was not born of the Spirit, therefore he could not see God, nor did he know God’s real Name. Nick addressed Jesus as Rabbi! The very presence of the burning bush (fire) indicated that Moses was full of the Holy Spirit!!! Thus Moses knew who God was because he had been drawn from the water and was now communing with Fire! Jesus had to inform Nick that a man MUST be born of water and the Spirit! And this feat does not require the womb.]
(I know this is heavy stuff and to some, even far fetched, but I’m led by the Holy Spirit…not man.)
Now please allow me to digress a little bit more. Many of us have said, ‘When I get to heaven, I’m going to ask God why……..(fill in the blank with your question). Well, during this conversation between God and Moses, Moses did not have to wait until eternity to question God. Moses was meeting face to face with God and he was not taking any chances. Moses knew that lessor gods could also perform supernatural feats and since that bush was not being consumed by fire, Moses wanted to make sure that it was the work of the Almighty. Moses also wanted his God to proclaim His identify for Himself.
IF YOU, TOO, WILL LOOK AT THIS BIBLICAL INCIDENT THROUGH A NEW LENSE, YOU MIGHT ALSO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL ETERNITY TO ASK GOD ABOUT THINGS THAT TROUBLE YOU DOWN HERE ON EARTH. WHENEVER YOU RECOGNIZE THE CALL…HEAR HIS VOICE…BE IN HIS PRESENCE…JUST A-S-K HIM ANYTHING THAT SO EASILY BESETS YOU!!!!
Then answer His Call!
But first, make absolute sure you are communing with the Heavenly Father of all Creation. Also begin to preference your thoughts with the Names of God. Not the names that man gives to occupations. (For God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24)
Don’t take any chances of the enemy slipping in. Even when you respond to the question of what is your name. Say, I AM _________ (fill in your name here). That way you cover yourself with the Blood of Jesus. Stop saying, ‘My name is ________.’ (This phrase denotes a nomenclature that man gave you.)
My Conversion and Response to the Call
Jesus called my name many, many yeas ago. I almost missed it. God called me by a name nobody had ever referred to me as…God called me ‘SOUGHT OUT’. (Isaiah 62:12). Like Moses in the video referenced at the beginning of this blog, I rolled my eyes to the left and to the right. I looked over my shoulder, I glanced upward. Like Samuel, I went through my house asking everybody and anybody if they had called me. (1 Samuel 3:8). Finally I turned to the Great I AM.
“It is I,” the Lord said in my heart…Then I replied, “Speak, Lord, thy servant is listening.” “You have been Sought Out to do my bidding,” the Father replied. (The rest is history!)
Yes, I answered the call! And my fervent prayer is that one day He will say, “Well done, my beloved. You have been faithful over a few things, now enter through the gates of Glory and take a seat beside Moses, Martha, Simon and Samuel.” AMEN.
(*) Note: The book Moses and the Burning Bush can be purchased on Amazon The Youtube video is 1:47
Scripture Lesson: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
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