Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 2, “Exodus” pp. 241-322.
Part 3 “The Call of Moses (3:1-4:31)” pp. 245-249.
“God begins his discourse with Moses by warning him not to come near to him because he is holy (v.5)” (Sailhamer 1992, 245). God’s holiness will be central to Exodus. Moses did not respond favorably to God’s call, considering himself unworthy (Exodus 3:11-12). God’s reassurance is his presence. Moses next asks God’s name. Sailhamer (Sailhamer 1992, 246) sees this as a request for a statement of God’s nature. “The Lord’s reply, ‘I am who I am,’ may be paraphrased as, ‘It is I who am with you.’ Thus in his reply to Moses, the Lord let it be known to the Israelites that ‘the one who promises to be with [them]’ has sent Moses to them” (Sailhamer 1992, 246). On p. 247 Sailhamer develops the thesis that God often tells what will happen. Then the events do not exactly match the prediction but the outcome is expected. Sailhamer does not give specific examples. He asserts that these situations show room for human activity but an outcome which accords with God’s decree.
In Exodus chapter 4 God promises signs to accompany Moses and demonstrate God’s presence. He also provides Aaron as a spokesman. God promises to make himself known to the Egyptians.