I hope you are all doing well. Today, we will be looking at Exodus 4. There’s so much to take away from this passage. First, we will back track to Exodus 3. Let’s take a look at it.
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’’
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites a land flowing with milk and honey.’
18 “The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.
21 “And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Exodus 4: Signs for Moses
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has appeared to you.”
6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous it had become as white as snow.
7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign,they may believe the second. 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
- God promises that he will be with him. He promises us time and time again that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
- God instructs and always has a plan. God instructed Moses and told him exactly have to say.
- Obedience is very key.
- Moses questions God because of fear of how the Egyptians will react.
- God in return asked Moses “What is that in your hand?. A staff, he replied. “The staff represented Moses identity, as a shepherd. God was asking Moses to surrender all that He had in his hands.”
- God used what Moses had. Still yet, he asked God what if the Egyptians still didn’t respond to his call.
- When we look at verse 8, “Then the Lord said, If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry land. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” God had a plan for the unbelief. He has a plan for everything. Moses was afraid of what will happen but God had a solution.
- When we take a look at verse 10, “Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. Here we learn that sometimes, we may not be prepared for the assignment that God has for us but he equips us. Moses spoke about his flaws but God used his insecurity for greatness.
- When we look at verse 11, “The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deal or mute? Who gives him sight or makes blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Even though God told Moses all that he created, Moses still felt that he was not positioned for the assignment. He asked if he can send someone else to complete the assignment. This was all because of fear. Moses response caused God to be angry. Then the Lord asked “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? God made a way for Moses. God wasn’t going to allow Moses insecurity to stop him from completing his assignment. Many times, God sends destiny helpers. A destiny helper can come in the form of a friend, coworker or even your sibling. God was aware of Moses setback but he sent his brother ahead of him to meet him for the mission. Something that one of my Professors told me while I was in college was that “I can run away from my calling but my calling will always find its way back to me.”
- Just like Moses, we have an assignment here on this Earth. We can’t run away from everything. We can’t tell God use someone else yet still be upset when someone else is doing the assignment we refused to be obedient to do. We have to ask God to help us. We have to bring our fears to the Cross. Lay them before the Lord. For some of us, God is calling us to share the Gospel to our friends and loved ones but because of fear of what they may think, we withhold the instruction that delays our blessing. The assignment is not about you. Its about God. When you have an understanding of your assignment, you won’t belittle/doubt God’s instruction. May we hear the voice of God clearly and may God give us the boldness to do that in which He has called us to do.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you can take something away from this post. God bless you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂