Missiology Through Scripture – Exodus 3:7-10

“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’” – Exodus 3:7-10

God’s elect nation was in need of aide and the Lord was grieved. God so lamented their suffering he came down to earth to care for them. However, God did not intervene himself. In God’s great wisdom and compassion, he sent his servant Moses into a foreign culture to liberate his people. Philip Ryken stated, “One might have expected God to explain how he was going to liberate his people from bondage, but instead he sent Moses to be the liberator.”[1] God set the stage for how he will deliver his elect for generations to come.

Today, God so grieves the state of the lost that he sends missionaries from among his elect to go into foreign cultures to liberate the chosen from the oppression of sin. With Moses God established a pattern by which he will continue to ordain workers from among his chosen people to send them into foreign lands to reconcile his elect to himself.

From the beginning, God’s use of sinners to reach the lost was amazing. God was active and even present to eliminate the burden from Israel. However, instead of God medaling in the free-will choices of men, God has decreed he will select, prepare, and send servants chosen for the task of unfettering those captive to sin.

Modern missionaries, like Moses, are reluctant servants who don’t necessarily possess the greatest skills, but possess the needed willingness. Like Moses, missionaries doubt their abilities and whether they are properly gifted to accomplish God’s will. Like Moses, modern missionaries are simply obedient vessels who go into foreign lands to be used by God to bring redemption to his elect people. God could save the lost more effectively by calling the trees and rocks to go forth and share the gospel. In his infinite wisdom, God continues to call doubting and unpredictable sinners to other cultures to bring his good news.

 

[1] Philip Graham Ryken and R. Kent Hughes, Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005), 88–89.