One of the most beautiful compound words given through Moses and His prophets is the Hebrew word “hin-Ne-ni” [הנני] which is often translates as “Here I am!” For me, this is more than a physical acknowledgement of ones presence, it has with it the oneness of understanding and purpose.
Here I Am!
I found this word 177 times in the tanach (Genesis – Malachi) and, many times, it is said after Yehovah speaks to His called-out men. When Yehovah called to Abraham, Jacob, Samuel, each time their response was “Here am I” [hin-Ne-ni].
Now it came to pass after these things that Elohim [the lawmaker and judge] tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am [hin-Ne-ni].” (Gen 22:1)
Then the messenger of Elohim spoke to me in a dream, saying, ‘Jacob.’ And I said, ‘Here I am [hin-Ne-ni].’ (Gen 31:11)
Then Elohim spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am [hin-Ne-ni].” So He said, “I am Elohim, your father’s Elohim; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. (Gen 46:2-3)
Before the lamp of Elohim went out in the tabernacle of Yehovah where the ark of Elohim was, and while Samuel was lying down, that Yehovah called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am [hin-Ne-ni]!” (1Sa 3:3-4)
When the spiritual man Israel, not Jacob, sent Joseph to check on the welfare of his brother, he too said “here I am [hin-Ne-ni].”
And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am [hin-Ne-ni].” (Gen 37:13)
Now Moses speaks, as it were, face to face with Yehovah for the first time.
So when Yehovah saw that he turned aside to look, Elohim called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am [hin-Ne-ni].” (Exo 3:4)
Moses was Yehovah’s “sent one,” his “sha-Lach” to deliver His people out of Egypt.
Come now, therefore, and I will send you [ואשׁלחך] to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, Israel’s seed [and their families], out of Egypt.” (Exo 3:10)
In my recent article entitled “A prophet like Moses” I discuss who that prophet actually is who is like Moses. Moses, who answered when Yehovah called with the words “Here I am” is the one Yehovah used to deliver His people, Israel, the 1st time. The 2nd time will be even more amazing.
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yehovah, “that it shall no more be said, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up Israel’s seed from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up Israel’s seed from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. (Jer 16:14-15)
“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them [just like Moses did]; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says Yehovah. (Jer 23:3-4)
Yehovah through Isaiah also talks about those sent ones who will be like Moses. Yehovah is looking for these men even now. They are the dead bones that Yehovah breathes life into at Passover.
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, Yehovah of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of my Master, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me! [hin-Ne-ni she-la-Che-ni ]” (Isa 6:5-8)
This is my desire and this is my prayer, “Here I am, send me O Yehovah!”
I believe we are not waiting on Yehovah to bring the millennial kingdom to fruition; He is waiting for a large group of men who are scattered throughout the earth; men just like Moses who rise up, leave the kingdom of their birth and then at Passover become His heirs, the seed of righteousness, His Ezrach men. I expect there will be about 144,000 of them, but who really knows for sure. I do know that when they are raised up and sealed by Yehovah as His shalachim, His sent ones, that we will all see eye to eye and know the heart of Yehovah just like Moses.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “your Elohim [your lawmaker and judge] reigns!” Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when Yehovah brings back Zion. (Isa 52:7-8)
Now here are the words that bring tears to my eyes every time.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Yehovah shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and Yehovah will answer; you shall cry, and HE will say, ‘HERE I AM! (Isa 58:6-9)
2E05 Exodus 2:21 – 3 and Yasher 76 – 78
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