Here I am, send me

This post is the fourth post in a five-part series on Exodus 1-4.

When God calls Isaiah to be a prophet (wait, I thought this was about Moses), Isaiah draws on Exodus for his response.

Moses responded to the Lord's call "Moses, Moses" with an available "Here I am." When God detailed his plan to save the Hebrew people from slavery, Moses probably felt a sense of relief: the very thing he thought needed to happen was now going to happen. But when the Lord said "Go, I am sending you," Moses resisted, launching objection after objection at God until he couldn't argue anymore.

Isaiah, generations later, knew this story. When he called out to God, he quoted Moses: "Here I am." But he went one further: "Send me."

Did Isaiah just have more confidence than Moses? Moses had been rocked by failure and rejection. Perhaps that's why Isaiah didn't reject God's call (or resist it).

But I wonder if there isn't something more. Maybe Isaiah knew both the beginning and the whole of Moses' story. Maybe Isaiah knew that on the other side of Moses' resistance, he saw God move in mighty ways, in ways that would mark God's people forever. Maybe Isaiah knew that being used by God, even if you're not feeling fully adequate, is still wonderful.

Moses' story is in here for us to learn from him. There's too much detail here for someone to just be telling a history. The back and forth. The comments about God's motivation and emotions. The nuance. These all pile up for us, if we will learn.

How do you learn from examples in the Bible? What do you do differently today because you've spent time with Moses' story and Isaiah's story?

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