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.” (Exodus 3:4)
It is fascinating to consider that the Creator of all things called him by the name he was known by – Moses. That is fascinating to me because the name was given to him by an Egyptian. Rabbinical commentators suggest that the name given to him by Jochebed at his birth was Toviah or “good.” That’s not too far fetched when you consider that the Scripture says that he was a “beautiful” or “goodly child” (Exodus 2:2).
Nevertheless, God called Him by his Egyptian name – the name by which he was known and would be known in subsequent generations. It is also the name that Moses identified with, which prompted him to say, “Here I am.” There are other instances when God called to people by their name. Another such incident that comes to mind is when He called to the young Samuel. And like Moses, Samuel’s response was “Here I am,” or in Hebrew, Hineni. Another prominent example is found in Isaiah 6 when the prophet had a vision of the LORD, “high and lifted up.”
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I (Hineni)! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
This particular response — hineni — is intended to say, “I am ready to hear what you have to say” with the implication “I am ready to do what you require of me.” Of course, most of us are like Moses, meaning that when we hear what God has to say we start looking for reasons why we’re not qualified or prepared to do what He is asking of us. We need to overcome that tendency and be as others, such as Isaiah, who quickly received God’s instructions and set out to follow His command. Our attitude should not be, “Send the other guy” but “Send me.” Have a great day.
Blessings and Shalom,