Knowledge Of The Lord
By Nancy Warner
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law,
the priest of Midian ... and came to the mountain of
God, even to Horeb.”
"And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame
of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and,
behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not
"And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this
great sight, why the bush is not burnt." Exodus 3:1-3.
Residing within Moses was a sensitivity that caused him to
notice and respond to the manifested presence of the Lord.
Therefore, when he turned, the Lord revealed Himself to Moses
as a present reality,
"I AM the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
the God of Jacob."
From this identification we can view the Lord as being the
God of faith (Abraham), the God of promise (Isaac), and the
God of change (Jacob).
The Lord continued this progressive revelation of Himself
to Moses by telling him to go and deliver Israel from Egypt;
that He would be with him and His power would move through
him. The Lord caused Moses to know that He Himself would teach
him these things.
In response, Moses asked the Lord, "Who am I?"
At this point, the Lord did not answer him but continued to
reveal Himself, as it was not a question of who Moses was,
but who God is.
Because Moses still questioned God's call on his life, telling
Him to send whom He would, the anger of the Lord was kindled
against him. Moses was limiting himself by attempting to tell
the Lord that he was not qualified because he had previously
failed, when he sought to deliver an Israelite and had to
flee from his brethren, and from Egypt. He feared another
The Apostle Paul said,
"For I determined not to know any thing among you,
Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in
weakness and in fear, and in much trembling ... that
your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but
in the power of God." I Cor 2:2-5.
This tells us that our response to God should not be based
upon any ability of our own.
Abraham had pleased the Lord because he was fully persuaded
concerning that which the Lord had promised. He recognized
that the Lord could do all He had promised. Moses was having
a problem with trusting the Lord at this point.
In Ephesians 3:7, Paul said that he was made a minister according
to the gift of the grace of God - the gift of Divine enablement.
We receive this enabling grace through the effectual working
of the Lord's power, which is His ability to perform that
which He has spoken.
"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think
anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is
of God; who also has made us able ministers of
the New Covenant; not of the letter, but of the
Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit
gives life." II Cor 3:5-6.
This is the call that Moses received at the burning bush.
He was to become a minister of the Spirit, and as he yielded
to the Lord working through him, he would succeed. The Lord
called Moses, not because he was mature in these things, but
because there was a deep desire within him to know the Lord,
and to be in His presence.
Therefore, the Lord said to Moses,
"Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh,
that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of
Israel out of Egypt." Exodus 3:10.
Later, because He was grieved with Israel, the Lord told
Moses that He would send His angel before them to defeat their
enemies and bring them into the land of promise, but He Himself
would not go with them.
Moses responded, "If Your presence does not go with
me, do not carry us up from here" Exodus 33:15. The Lord
responded and not only told Moses that He would go with him,
but He made Himself known to Moses, face to face.
After his death, it was said concerning Moses,
"And never since has a prophet like Moses arisen in
whom the Lord knew, face to face." Deut 34:10.
This is a challenge for us to come to the understanding of
who God is, and to allow His transforming power to change
One time when the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee,
the Lord appeared to them, walking on the water. Peter said,
"If it be Thou, bid me to come." The Lord responded
by telling him to come. Peter stepped out of the boat and
almost made it to Jesus when fear overtook him, and as a result,
began to sink. The Lord reached out and took him by the hand
and together they walked back to the boat.
Peter, willing to exercise his faith, had stepped out at
the word of the Lord. But he began to sink in view of the
disciples and probably was quite embarrassed. When this happened,
Peter cried out, "Lord save me."
Here, we see a defeated Peter who did not have enough faith.
But Peter immediately stepped out when he heard the word of
the Lord, even as the Lord was requiring of Moses, as he stood
before the burning bush. When Peter began to sink, the Lord
caught him by his hand. The power of God flowed into Peter
and he came up out of the water and began to walk on the water
with Jesus, hand in hand.
Peter was not yet a developed spiritual Christian, but he
was willing to step out by faith. As a result, he received
an experiential knowledge of the power of God. It is very
important to consider that the other disciples only saw what
The Word tells us that the Lord had constrained His disciples
to get into this ship. This was a Divine set up, as the winds
were contrary and the water very boisterous. Because this
was the first time that Peter would step out in faith beyond
any ability of his own, it might seem that the Lord should
have made a calm, smooth sea for this occasion.
The disciples had remained in the comfort of the ship. As
they saw Peter begin to sink, they probably learned from his
failure. But the experiential knowledge of the power of God
that lifted Peter out of the water and his walking hand in
hand with the Lord was worth far more than any theoretical
knowledge the disciples may have gained through observation.
According to the word of God, when they entered the ship,
immediately it was at the land. The Lord had accomplished
his purpose. That which had been imparted into Peter could
not have been gained in any other way.
Our spiritual development is a process. The Lord desires
to so work within our lives that our experiences will match
our confession. He does not condemn us those times when we
speak out of sincere desire, but in human frailty. There is
no condemnation when we come short of all we had intended,
for He sees the desire of our heart.
We also can learn from the failure of Moses in delivering
the Israelite, his slowness to trust the Lord at the burning
bush, and from Peter who quickly stepped out, but also failed.
As the Lord stands at the door of our heart knocking, may
we also respond and turn aside to stand before Him in His
presence, willing to obey His word to us.