In Exodus 3,God instructed Moses to go to Pharaoh to secure the release of the Israelites.

His response to God is in verse 11:

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh,and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Why was he hesitant to go to Egypt?

Why was he asking God ‘Who am I?’

A)He was declared wanted in Egypt after he killed an Egyptian and he fled to Midian:

“When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”-Exo 2:15

B)Moses had two contrasting personalities:

1)His personality as a prince in Egypt.

2)His personality after he murdered an Egyptian in Exodus 2.Moses was not proud of this 2nd personality!

C)It was 40 years after he had left Egypt that God spoke to him to go back there.

D)The first time he tried to fight for his people 40 years earlier,he was rejected and stabbed in the back:

“The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?”Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.””-Exo 2:14

From the four possible reasons above we can deduce that Moses past failures and fears must have affected his confidence in approaching Pharaoh and the Israelites.

God gave him assurance with only these 6 words:

“I will certainly be with you.”-Exo 3:12

This God’s promise is still available to you now irrespective of your past failures and fears:


To be continued…