Exodus 4

You would think that a man who is listening to the audible voice of the great I AM and staring into a supernatural fire would immediately buy in to whatever he was told — but not Moses. He was like me (and maybe you, too), in that I have a Bible full of promises, a gospel-new heart beating in my chest, and the Spirit of the living God dwelling in my body — and yet I still question, hesitate, and even outright rebel sometimes.

God demonstrated His grace with Moses by patiently answering every doubt and excuse. Three miraculous signs would be enough to convince skeptics who would not believe that God had appeared to him: a shape-shifting shepherd’s staff, the leprous hand miracle, and the water-to-blood trick.

With two of these signs demonstrated before his eyes, Moses should be sufficiently inspired and full of faith, right? Not so fast — “But I’m not a good speaker!” he said. The Lord’s answer is perfect: “I, the designer of human vocal apparatus, will personally be your speech therapist, your vocal coach, and your speech writer.” Wow! Any more excuses, Moses?

Just one: “I’m not the man for the job. Please find someone else, Lord.” Moses did what we often do, calling Him “Lord” but refusing to obey Him. No wonder the Lord became angry with Moses. (Do you think our stubbornness ever arouses that same holy anger?) Ever full of grace, the Lord relented, assigning Aaron to help.

At last, Moses obeyed. He packed up his family and travelled to Egypt.

I believe the best explanation for the strange situation in verses 24-26 is that Moses had been negligent in circumsizing his son. It was a gross oversight, and apparently God gave Moses an ultimatum: make it right or you die (v.24). Zipporah performed the procedure, reluctantly it seems, and was appalled by the amount of blood involved in that act of obedience. She took out her frustration on Moses.

The chapter closes with God’s plan unfolding just as He said it would. Aaron and Moses were reunited, then united in their presentation to the Israelite elders. The reception of the elders (v.31) must have encouraged Moses and honored the Lord. They believed the Lord cared for them and their response was to worship Him.

If you believe the Lord hears your prayers and cares about you, stop now and follow the example of the elders. Bow your head (the body language of reverence and surrender) and worship.

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