2017-10-01 - Exodus ~ Moses The Call
Moses' Concerns ~ God's Signs
Moses again comes up with another concern. I don’t want to second-guess Scripture, and the Lord certainly answers Moses as if the concern was a valid one. It doesn’t seen as if Moses was simply making excuses at this point. His concern is: what if the people just don’t believe he is from God? Based on their behavior, which we will see at a later point, his fears appear well founded. The Lord therefore provides Moses with three signs to show to the people. These will be proof that he is indeed from the Lord.
We see often in scripture God’s use of signs as His seal of authority on those He sends to speak to His people. Israel is often called a “sign people“ for this very reason. This seal continued to be used, all the way up to Pentecost. Even today, in specific situations, it appears the Lord continues to provide this stamp of approval.
“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4 ESV).
It seems clear that the Lord accepts Moses’ assessment of the Children of Israel, and it is on this basis that He provides Moses with the three signs. The signs are:
A staff that turns to a snake Moses’ hand goes from clean to leprous and back again Some water from the Nile is turned to blood
God makes it clear the signs are provided so the people will know the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Covenant, the God of the promise, is the one who appeared to Moses.
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.