Exodus 4:1-31.. 1 Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared you.’” 3rd excuse of Moses, the people want believe God sent me. Vv.2-9 God gave Moses 3 miraculous signs to show the Israelites He was the true God.
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
4th excuse of Moses, I can’t talk. God answered in v.12 “Now then go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
13 “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”
5th excuse of Moses, send anyone but me. The only other time a Bible prophet tried to refuse God’s call was Jonah. Isaiah said “Here I am, send me.” Moses said “here I am, send someone else”. This reminds me of my grandfather Bro. Jodie Moore who was called to preach, but ran to Ennis, Texas. There on a ranch he ran into Mrs. O’bannion who discipled him and he began to pastor churches. In 1928 after 8 years he returned to Mississippi and preached until the mid 1960’s. [click here and go to page 21-23 for source]
14 Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite?… 15 You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do.
Finally after 5 excuses and their answer by God and experiencing the anger of God, Moses obeyed. I wonder what it was like to have the anger of God to burn against Moses. Reflect on what you think God’s anger was like. May there have been times that God’s anger burned against me and I ignored it.
Am I more like Jonah, Isaiah or Moses in obeying the clear commands of God in the Bible? Has God’s anger ever burned against me?
Henry Luke 9/7/2017
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