6 Mar. Exodus 4:1-17

6 Mar. God supplies Moses with proofs of his power

“Then Moses answered, ‘What if the people of Israel do not believe me or listen to me? What if they say, “The LORD [YHWH] did not appear to you.”’”

“The LORD said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ Moses answered, ‘It’s my walking stick.’ The LORD said, ‘Throw it on the ground.’ So Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake.”

“Moses ran from the snake, but the LORD said to him, ‘Reach out and grab the snake by its tail.’ When Moses reached out and took hold of the snake, it again became a stick in his hand.”

“The LORD said, ‘This is so that the Israelites will believe that the LORD appeared to you. I am the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’”

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Put your hand inside your coat.’ So Moses put his hand inside his coat. When he took it out, it was white with a skin disease.”

“Then he said, ‘Now put your hand inside your coat again.’ So Moses put his hand inside his coat again. When he took it out, his hand was healthy again, like the rest of his skin.”

“Then the LORD said, ‘If the people do not believe you or pay attention to the first miracle, they may believe you when you show them this second miracle. After these two miracles, if they still do not believe or listen to you, take some water from the Nile River and pour it on the dry ground. The water will become blood when it touches the ground.”

“But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Please, Lord, I have never been a skilled speaker. Even now, after talking to you, I cannot speak well. I speak slowly and can’t find the best words.’”

“Then the LORD said to him, ‘Who made a person’s mouth? And who makes someone deaf or not able to speak? Or who gives a person sight or blindness? It is I, the LORD. Now go! I will help you speak, and I will teach you what to say.’”

“But Moses said, ‘Please, Lord, send someone else.’ The LORD became angry with Moses and said, ‘Your brother Aaron, from the family of Levi, is a skilled speaker. He is already coming to meet you, and he will be happy when he sees you. You will speak to Aaron and tell him what to say. I will help both of you to speak and will teach you what to do.’”

“'Aaron will speak to the people for you. You will tell him what God says, and he will speak for you. Take your walking stick with you, and use it to do the miracles.’”

          (Exodus 4:1-17)

 


 

Moses’ meeting with God at Mt Sinai must have been absolutely terrifying – especially when God asked Moses to go back to Egypt and confront the all-powerful pharaoh.

So how did Moses respond to this daunting task? He answered like WE so often respond to God – he made excuses!

Firstly, Moses asked for ‘signs’ of God’s authority: ‘What if the people of Israel do not believe me or listen to me? What if they say, “The LORD did not appear to you.”?’ (Exodus 4:1)

So God gave Moses two convincing proofs of his miraculous power that he could demonstrate to the Israelites: Moses threw his walking stick on the ground and, amazingly, it turned into a snake; then he put his hand inside his coat and it turned white with a dreaded skin disease. And, just to be sure, God told Moses that if he took some water from the River Nile and poured it onto the ground, it would turn into blood!

But still Moses struggled to make excuses: “Please, Lord, I have never been a skilled speaker. Even now, after talking to you, I cannot speak well. I speak slowly and can’t find the best words.” (Exodus 4:10)

Now Moses had been brought up as a prince in the royal palace. He had received the best education in Egypt. One might have thought he would have been a more confident speaker than most Egyptians. But Moses claimed to be a poor and hesitant speaker!

So God came to his rescue again, and appointed his brother Aaron to be his spokesman and his right-hand man.

God doesn’t desert us when he makes demands on us! He provides us with the miraculous power and strength we need to fulfil his commission; but he also provides us with godly brothers and sisters to help us carry out his will!

The photo (by Mabdalla) shows the sunrise at Mount Sinai.

You can read more about Moses’ encounter with God at Mt Sinai @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/biblejourney2/25-the-israelites-journey-from-egypt-to-mt-sinai/moses-is-called-by-god-at-mt-sinai/


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