March 15, 2016

Today you should read: Exodus 4

There’s quite a lot packed into this chapter of Exodus, from the stubborn reluctance of Moses, to the wondrous signs of God, to the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, to the faithfulness of Zipporah to circumcise her son. Here’s a little bit of unpacking we can do.

First, the discourse Moses has with the Lord—God gave him the command to go back to Egypt and lead his people out of Egypt, (3:10), now, standing still before God, Moses is filled with fear. Instead of responding with obedience and faith, he can only see his own inadequacies. He suggests that the leaders of Egypt won’t believe him when he goes to them that it is the Lord who has sent him; he “reminds” God that he’s not a gifted speaker, and who’d listen to a guy with a slow speech and tongue? God, of course, supplies all the evidence needed when he shows Moses the wonders he will use to prove himself to the Egyptians, yet Moses’ lack of faith persists. He really hesitates to put his faith in God for this task.

“Please send someone else,” (4:13). I’ve often wondered why God would choose someone like me for leading a wife, a family, a church, or to be useful to his kingdom at all. But it’s clear that God has never called people because they are worthy or qualified. The only power behind any of our actions is the power of the Spirit of God. God responds to Moses’ protests with this silencing rebuke:  

“Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak,” (4:11-12).

The only answer for our insecurities, our doubts, our discouragement due to lack of faith:  God will be with us! Let that truth obliterate your protests of fear.

Finally, I noticed the patience and faithfulness of God. Despite Moses’ faltering faith, God provided the help he needed through the aid of miracles and also the company of Aaron on the journey. How patient and forbearing the Lord is with us also! The end of the chapter points to the faithfulness of God to remember his covenant with His people. He calls Israel his “firstborn son,” because of his covenant to redeem them as his own through circumcision. Zipporah was faithful in doing her part to circumcise Moses’ firstborn son in accordance with God’s redemptive plan. Not so for Pharaoh, whose heart is hardened by God’s sovereign hand. We’ll see later, though His people are held captive by the most powerful man in the world, God will not fail in his faithfulness to deliver them. God reigns and rules everything; his plans cannot be frustrated.

“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”  Isaiah 14:27

Lots to see here, and still more than we didn’t address. What did the Lord speak to you when you read this chapter?

By: Taylor Gilliam

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

6 thoughts on “March 15, 2016”

  1. “Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite?”

    This sentence has always fascinated me. It’s the only place in scripture I can think of where we see the Lord visibly frustrated and then…. he compromises. Even though it seems like having Aaron’s assistance was God’s plan all along, I’ve always been a bit baffled by it.

    1. Taylor…this was just what I needed. I often feel frustrated about planning, but God’s plans will not be frustrated. What peace this brings! Thanks for letting God speak through you!

  2. Thanks for the commentary today T. Gill.
    Exodus 4 is all the proof we need that God doesn’t call the equipped, HE equips the called. It does not matter what deficiencies a man may have. If God has called a man to a task, HE will provide everything necessary to accomplish HIS mission. Glory to God that He allows man the privilege of being involved with His work.

  3. When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

    Thank you for the reminder that the God of miracles and signs and a burning bush sees and is concerned about His people. Indeed, this Strong Deliverer who will part the Red Sea has not changed over all these centuries. And He is the one who hears us when we pray.

  4. Although Moses protests God’s instructions here, he doesn’t get out of it. Yes, God provides help in Aaron, but will still primarily use Moses in setting the Israelites free. And as we’ll see later, Moses will stop protesting instructions he is given. God grows Moses tremendously through the experience in Egypt. God also gives us assignments we don’t want to do initally, but if we do them it can be amazing to see how God grows us.

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