God’s Life-Giving Word of Promise
Exodus 4:1-17: Moses continues to voice objections to the commission he has been given by God, prompting God to give Moses miraculous powers and to appoint Moses’s brother, Aaron, to be Moses’s spokesperson.
The LORD said to [Moses]: “Who gives man his mouth? … It is I, the LORD. Now, go! I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say.”
God Gives Moses Miraculous Power
1Then Moses answered the Lord, “But suppose the Israelites do not believe me and will not listen to what I say. What shall I do if they say that you did not appear to me?”
2So the Lord asked him, “What are you holding?”
“A walking stick,” he answered.
3The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” When Moses threw it down, it turned into a snake, and he ran away from it. 4Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach down and pick it up by the tail.” So Moses reached down and caught it, and it became a walking stick again. 5The Lord said, “Do this to prove to the Israelites that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to you.”
6The Lord spoke to Moses again, “Put your hand inside your robe.” Moses obeyed; and when he took his hand out, it was diseased, covered with white spots, like snow. 7Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your robe again.” He did so, and when he took it out this time, it was healthy, just like the rest of his body. 8The Lord said, “If they will not believe you or be convinced by the first miracle, then this one will convince them. 9If in spite of these two miracles they still will not believe you, and if they refuse to listen to what you say, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the ground. The water will turn into blood.”
10But Moses said, “No, Lord, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.”
11The Lord said to him, “Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the Lord. 12Now, go! I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say.”
13But Moses answered, “No, Lord, please send someone else.”
14At this the Lord became angry with Moses and said, “What about your brother Aaron, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. In fact, he is now coming to meet you and will be glad to see you. 15You can speak to him and tell him what to say. I will help both of you to speak, and I will tell you both what to do. 16He will be your spokesman and speak to the people for you. Then you will be like God, telling him what to say. 17Take this walking stick with you; for with it you will perform miracles.”
What three objections does Moses raise (verses 1, 10, 13)? How does God respond to Moses’s objections? Have you ever resisted doing something that you felt God wanted you to do? What were the three signs of the miraculous powers God had given to Moses (verses 3-9)?
Sovereign God, guide my speech this day. May my words be a source of comfort and encouragement to others and reflect your love. Amen.
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Exodus 4:18-31: Moses returns to Egypt.