Exodus – Chapter 4
- Exo 4:1 – Moses continued to object that they may not believe him
- Exo 4:2-5 – The Lord gave him a sign to show them by changing his staff into a snake then back to his staff that they may believe
- Exo 4:6-8 – Then the Lord made his hand with leprosy that cleared again in case they did not believe the first sign
- Exo 4:9 – Then the Lord gave him a third sign to turn the water of the Nile into blood
- Exo 4:10 – Moses said, “but I am not eloquent”
- Exo 4:11-12 – The Lord said, “Ì will be with your mouth and teach you what to say”
- Exo 4:13 – Moses still objected
- Exo 4:14-17 – The Lord said that Aaron, his brother, will speak for him and Moses would perform the signs
- Exo 4:18 – Moses asked Jethro’s permission to leave and he granted it
- Exo 4:19-20 – The Lord told Moses to go back to Egypt and he left with God’s staff, his wife and his children
- Exo 4:21-23 – The Lord told Moses what to say to Pharaoh and how he would respond
- Exo 4:24-26 – On the way to Egypt, the Lord sought to kill Moses but Zipporah circumcised his sons and the Lord spared him
- Exo 4:27-28 – The Lord directed Aaron to go meet Moses and they met at the mountain of God
- Exo 4:29-31 – Moses and Aaron assembled the elders of Israel. Aaron spoke, Moses performed the signs and they believed and worshiped God
In this chapter we see God and Moses’ interaction concerning Moses’ call. We can learn from this because we go through similar difficulties.
Here Moses continues with his objections to the call of God in his life. These objections to God’s mandate and commission demonstrate a major spiritual principle. Even the supernatural burning bush experience with God speaking to him and instructing him had not been enough to overcome his previous negative experiences and emotional bondage. Moses was still suffering from fear of rejection, and deep insecurities because of what had happened forty years before. Although he had made great progress to the point of having a supernatural encounter with God, he was not completely free from his past.
- Who are You, and who can I say You are? (Exo 3:13)
- Who am I that I can go to the Pharaoh? (Exo 3:11)
- What happens if they do not believe me? (Exo 4:1)
- How can I be successful if I am not a good speaker? (Exo 4:10)
These are objections that you could have today about responding to God’s call in your life.
God’s responses to the first two objections were not logical arguments but supernatural. God did not only foretell what would happen but also provided demonstrations of supernatural signs so that Moses’ faith would be based not on arguments, but on the power of God (1 Cor2:5). This parallels Jesus’ instructions to his disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them before attempting to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). You cannot fulfill God’s call in your life in your strength. You need God’s supernatural power (John 3:6).
God was not pleased with Moses’ unbelief especially for his looking at his own poor self-image and weaknesses, yet provided a way to help Moses to deal with this by using Moses’ brother Aaron (Exo 4:14-17).
Some Lessons for Us
This demonstrates two things:
- The strength of the impact of your life experiences in determining your belief system. Even great supernatural experiences may not completely overcome them.
- God will use us even when we are weak and with a degree of unbelief.
What is your experience in this area? What are the major hindrances/objections to embrace God’s call that you have experienced? Have your resolved them? How?
Prayer of Faith
Thank you Heavenly Father for the call you have on my life. I may feel insecure and unworthy as I look at my failures and limitations. Nevertheless, not I but Christ who lives in me is the one who can fulfill my destiny. In Christ I am more than a conqueror. In Him I am forgiven, accepted and victorious. Your supernatural power is at work in my life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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