Exodus, Chapter 4

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Exodus, Chapter 4

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Moses has clearly heard God’s call that he is to go to the Pharaoh of Egypt and demand the release of the Israelites from slavery. But Moses’ list of objections to God’s divine commission continues from Chapter 3. Moses doubts the people will believe him so God provides Moses with amazing signs for Moses to perform to establish his credibility that the God of their ancestors has sent Moses for the fulfillment of God’s divine plan.  But Moses has still more objections. He claims that he is a poor public speaker, being “slow of tongue.” God patiently reminds Moses that God is the One who gives speech and all the human senses. Most importantly, God promises that He will be with Moses’ mouth and teach Moses what he is to say.

God has been exceedingly patient with Moses as he has raised numerous objections to God’s call to him, even promising His divine and powerful presence with Moses. Moses final plea, “O my Lord, please send someone else” finally angers the Lord. Yet, God responds to Moses’ plea and provides Moses with additional help in the form of his brother, Aaron, to serve as Moses’ spokesperson. Aaron will speak the words that God will give to Moses.

God has not forgotten His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He has chosen Moses to lead His people out of slavery.  God’s choice of Moses is not based on Moses’ speaking ability or courage or powerful abilities to produce signs to impress Pharaoh. God has chosen Moses despite everything that might indicate he is an unsuitable choice for such an audacious task. If Moses is to be successful, it will be only because God will provide all that is needed for the mission entrusted to him.

God’s steadfast love and faithfulness to His people abound. God delights in fulfilling His promises in amazing ways using unlikely human instruments. Through eyes of faith, we may see that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from mere humans.

We also can receive an extraordinary power that belongs to God and not to us. Paul wrote in II Corinthians 4:7 of a treasure that we may receive in the clay jars of our earthly bodies and lives. The treasure is the “knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in
our mortal flesh. Thanks be to God that He uses frail humans to achieve His divine purposes and to show His steadfast love and care for His people uses frail humans.

Respond

When have you been reluctant to say “Yes” God? What might God be asking you to do? How might God be calling you to share your God-given gifts, talents, time and material blessings? What fears and concerns make you reluctant to say “Yes” to God?

Pray

Gracious God,

Thank You, Lord, for Your steadfast love and faithfulness and for Your promise to be with us always. Help us to trust You more and open our hearts, minds and hands to hear and respond as You may call us. Thank You for a divine plan so amazing that it can only be achieved through and in Your power. Help us to serve willingly as instruments of Your love and grace trusting that You will provide all that is needed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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