Exodus 4:1-4 "And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:"

verse 13-14 "And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart."


When God revealed His plan for Israel's salvation, Moses immediately began to name reasons why he could not do what the Lord wanted him to. First he said the people would not believe God had sent him. So God gave Moses a "magic" rod; when he threw it on the ground, it became a serpent. When Moses picked it up again, it became a rod once more. There was no magic in the rod. God could have used anything. The devil could have taken the same staff and made a snake, also. Everything we have at our disposal can be a rod. Put in the hand of God, our possessions can be used for good but put the same possessions in the hand of Satan and they can be used for evil. Then God told Moses to put his hand in his bosom. When he pulled it out, it was diseased. But when he put it back again, it was clean. God has all power over disease. If you are a child of God, nothing afflicts you unless He allows it. God told Moses if the nation of Israel still was not convinced that He had sent Moses that he was to take water from the river and pour it out on the dry land; the water would become blood.

Moses brought up another reason he should be excused from this mission: he was slow of speech. God reminded him that he made his mouth and he could teach him what to say. We don't trust God to use our abilities. God can take a "slow tongue" and thwart the plans of a King! Even after being told God would teach him what to say, Moses still insisted God should send someone else. I don't know how God keeps His patience with us sometimes. Have you ever told your child to take out the trash only to have them say, "but I did it last time?" Imagine how angry we must make God with our unwillingness sometimes. Have you ever argued with God about something you didn't want to do? I have and I'm not proud of it, either! God was angry, but patient. He sent Aaron, Moses' brother, to help him with speaking to the people. Moses went back to his father-in-law, got his wife and sons, and set out to meet Aaron. In verse 23 God calls Israel His son. We are all children of God and He does not want any of us to be in bondage. He sent Jesus to pay the ransom for our souls. He instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh that if he didn't let the nation of Israel go, He would kill his first born son!

Verses 24-26 are hard to understand. In my opinion the Lord tried to kill Moses because he had not circumcised his two sons. The circumcision was a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham and not to be taken lightly. It was not an option but a commandment. Evidently, Zipporah did not want her sons to be circumcised and Moses had not insisted. When God sought to slay him, his wife actually saved his life by performing the circumcisions herself. After arriving in Egypt, Moses must have sent his wife and sons back home to her father. There is no further mention of them until after they excape from Egypt and Jethro brings Zipporah and her two sons to Moses in the desert. Aaron and Moses met and went on to speak to the elders of the children of Israel. The people believed them and worshipped God because He had not forgotten them.



Do you ever feel like God is afar off and doesn't hear your prayers or care about your problems? He is there, He is listening and He will move when the time is right. His time, not ours!

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