2017-11-05 - Exodus: Moses Wants Out
Moses, in writing of this, makes it clear he pushed too far and aroused the anger of the Lord. “OK, then take your brother Aaron along, because he is a good speaker.“ This is not a recognition of the validity of Moses fear, but saying “if that’s the way it’s going to be, than have it your own way.”
Aaron is to become Moses’ spokesman, as Moses is to be God’s. A third party is added to the chain, and one can’t help but wonder if the later trouble with the golden calf would have been avoided if Aaron hadn’t gained a position of prominence with the people due to this arrangement and Moses’ stubbornness.
Conclusion: It is obvious even those whom God desires to use don’t always welcome the call with great joy. Sometimes they have to be dragged into service. If you want to see an even more extreme example of this problem read the book of Jonah.
For us, the desire of our hearts should be to serve the Lord. But even when it is, we sometimes aren’t totally excited about the service we are called to. I do find, though, sometimes when we least expect it, we stumble into opportunities that surprise us.
I know that our drama group put a lot of work into the production we were working on at the time I first taught this. And during the process of preparing and performing, they were excited, finding joy as well as challenges and blessings, not just from the presentations, but also from the opportunities to fellowship together and to get to know one another more closely.
As we said before, we need to just remember all we are called to do is simply show up. As we’ve seen, the Lord will provide the words and the strength. All we have to do is be willing.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 1:22–25; 2:17 ESV).
Exodus study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.