2017-10-29 - Exodus: Moses' Third Concern
Moses' Third Concern: God's Signs ~ The Fourth Sign
Now I have a feeling we may have passed the point where Moses is expressing real concerns, and moved on to where he is simply trying to find a way out of the job that the Lord has for him. The Lord’s tone seems to become harder, and by Verse 14, in the last section, God expresses His anger with Moses.
Let’s take a look at Moses’ newest concern. He says that he lacks in eloquence, that he is slow of speech and tongue. There is nothing in the passage to support this observation; it appears to be nothing more than an excuse. Remember, Stephen described Moses as one who “… was mighty in words and in deeds“ (Acts 7:22), and the author of Hebrews also gives no support to Moses' claim.
The Lord’s answer seems to say that Moses’ concern for his speech is actually an attack on the Lord Himself. He points out that as The Creator, God is the one who gave Moses his tongue. God will be the one to supply the words, just as He was the one to supply the signs.
Too often, we function in the same way. How often have we neglected to witness when we had an opportunity, because we didn’t know what to say? How often have we kept quiet more from fear than from a true lack of words? The Lord’s response to us is the same as it was to Moses, and just as He also provided words for His disciples, so He will provide words for us.
“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict” (Matthew 10:19–20; Luke 21:14–15).
And how does Moses respond to this reassurance? “Send somebody else, I don’t want the job. Thanks, but no thanks.”
How do we sometimes respond to this reassurance? How should we respond? What can make the difference?
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.