Archive for August 1st, 2011

Exodus 4

Exodus 4 contains Moses attempts to get out of what God had planned for him.  God wanted Moses to go and save the people in Egypt.  Then the excuses begin: “they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you”.  Does it seem a little strange that a guy that has been listening to a burning bush and conversing with God is now trying to get out of the assigned mission?  Moses has a confidence problem. So God decides to give him some assistance.  First a staff that becomes a serpent and then returns to a stick, then his hand becomes leprous and back to normal, and God also tells him if that isn’t enough, He can make water turn to blood.  If God is originating an assignment and task – He will provide what is needed to do the job.

But Moses isn’t convinced.  “But I am slow of speech and of tongue.”  He isn’t buying all the stuff God has shown him or told him.  He isn’t quite buying it  So God gets a bit more direct.  “Who has made man’s  mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I”?  Look Moses – who do you think you are talking to here?  God is able, more than able, to accomplish anything He wants done.  He can definitely help you speak.  So God reinforces his desire: “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak”.  Pretty clear direction – don’t you think?  But Moses doesn’t buy it.  He still wants out.  “Please send someone else” is Moses reply.  Seems like a slow learner doesn’t he?  That is when he crosses the line and “the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses”.  If God had wanted someone else to do this job – He would have asked them.  When God taps us on the shoulder with something to do we need to pay close attention.

Because of Moses persistence and unwillingness to obey, God shows his anger and frustration and then comes up with another plan.  Aaron is now going to speak for Moses.  But Moses doesn’t get out of the assignment.  He is still responsible to go to Egypt – he now will have a partner in his brother to be his mouth – but the responsibility is still his.  Moses agrees to that and then God gives him some more of the details.  “When you go back to Egypt,”see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power”.  There is a direct assignment for Moses and Aaron to follow.  Then comes the catch.  God tells them: “but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go”.  Wow – that must have been frustrating.  All that work and power and yet Pharaoh won’t listen.  So why go at all?

Then answer is because God said to.  Far too often we want o make the decision on when to follow God’s leading based on what we think we know and can see.  The problem with that is we have no clue what God is up to and able to do.  He has a plan for His people.  It will be different than what Moses and Aaron would plan. But it is His plan.  So Moses tells Aaron what they are to tell the elders and Aaron told them.  Moses had said all along that the people would not believe.  But the Bible tells us “the people believed” and not only that, “they bowed their heads and worshiped”.  Oh how little we ften see of what God is up to.  Our job is to trust and obey and join in whatever He is leading and doing.  He has things well in hand.  His outcome is secure.

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