Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 1Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” ’ Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 1lBut I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians. EXODUS 3 NKJV
The ministry of Moses began with a God encounter.
Moses’ call to leadership was supernatural. In the backside of nowhere, from the depths of obscurity, God called Moses to be a leader.
We are called to lead out of relationship and fellowship with God. It isn’t a career thing; it is a relationship thing.
It’s also an identity thing. Note that Moses is very specific about asking who he is being sent by. As leaders, we must know we have credentials and authority in our roles and tasks.
Moses’ response to being tasked by the Lord was to ask “Who am I?” His conceit and arrogance has been burned out of him living in Midian for forty years.
God’s response to this question is: “I will certainly be with you.” Leaders must understand that it is not important who we are; what Is important is who is with us.
In revealing His Name to Moses, YHWH actually affirmed Moses’ identity and authorised him to lead. Moses went forth in YHWH’s name as His ambassador.
The Divine Name is supernaturally transformative. I AM THAT I AM can also mean I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE or I WILL BECOME THAT I WILL BECOME.
Now, of course, God cannot “become” anything in that He is already perfect in Himself and He does not change. So how, then, does He “become”?
The answer is He becomes Himself in us!! When He speaks His Name to Moses, He reveals who He is and this has the power to become transformative to Moses and anyone else who hears it.
Put simply, by speaking His Name you become like Him! He becomes Himself in you by transforming you into His likeness! Could there be a greater endorsement of our leadership or a better way to empower us to lead? By putting His Name upon us, He transfers His glory, power and authority to us. We re-present Him to people.
When you call upon His Name, you invoke His Presence. We see this in the Aaronic Blessing:
The priests were leaders. Their job here was to bless the people. YOUR job as a leader is to bless the people you lead. Bless means to empower to prosper and succeed. Leaders must be those who produce success. There is no empowerment or anointing to fail.
Note that speaking the blessing here was putting YHWH’s Name upon the people. What was the significance of that? The answer is that the Name attracts the Presence. When you call upon someone’s name, you invoke and invite that person’s presence. The Lord is no different – if you call on His Name, He will show up in Person, Hallelujah!
Your leadership role is to forth in His Name and re-present who and what He is to the people you lead.
We see in Ephesians 4 that the role of the fivefold ministry is to equip the saints to be built up to be the perfect expression of Christ’s Body, to present Him to the cosmos. To be His Presence!