God Chooses Moses to be a Leader
Exodus 3 and 4
Verses 1-12 Moses is now a shepherd for his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. He took his flock to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. He sees a bush burning with fire, but it is not consumed. Moses stops to see what it is all about and the Lord called to him from the bush. God tells Moses not to come near the bush; he needs to remove his sandals because the place is holy ground. God then tells Moses, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” God explains that He has seen the affliction of His people in Egypt and is aware of their sufferings. He tells Moses that He has come to deliver Israel from the Egyptians and to take them to land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord says to Moses, “Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.” Moses responds, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” God promises that, or course, He will be with Moses. The sign that Moses was sent by God will be that when they leave Egypt the people will worship God at Mount Horeb.
Verses 13-22 Moses begins to make excuses. First he wonders what he should say when the people ask the name of God. God answers, “I am who I am…thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God then reassures Moses that He will be with him and will tell Him how to handle the elders so that they will heed Moses’ words. God explains that Pharaoh is not going to let the people go willingly, so God is going to use miracles to convince Pharaoh to let the people go. God is going to make it where the Egyptians will provide everything Israel will need to make their travels and in this way will plunder Egypt.
Verses 1-9 Moses’ second excuse is “what if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?” God shows Moses how to use his staff to perform a miracle of turning the staff into a serpent then back into a staff. God then shows Moses how to perform a miracle that changes his healthy hand into one that is leprous and then back to a healthy hand again. God gives Moses a third miracle to perform: he is to take water from the Nile River and pour it on dry ground. The water will turn into blood on the dry ground.
Verses 10-17 Moses’ third excuse is that he has never been a good speaker and speaking with the Lord hasn’t improved him any. The Lord says, “Who has made man’s mouth? – Is it not I, the Lord?” God tells Moses that He will be with Moses and teach him what to say. Moses asks God just to send the message by anyone God chooses. Now God gets angry with Moses. He tells Moses that He will send Aaron, who He knows speaks fluently, to be Moses’ mouthpiece. Aaron will do the talking (saying what Moses teaches him to say) and Moses will do the signs.
Verses 18-31 Moses leaves Mount Horeb, returns to his father-in-law and asks leave to return to Egypt. Moses takes his wife and his sons and returns to Egypt, taking the staff of God in his hand. God reminds Moses to do all the things God has shown him. God is going to use Pharaoh’s reaction in such a way that He will bring about the death of Pharaoh’s son due to Pharaoh’s stubbornness. Moses meets Aaron and tells him all about what God has instructed Moses to do. Moses and Aaron go together to the elders of Israel and Aaron told them everything God had spoken to Moses and Moses performed the signs. When the people learned that God had heard them and was concerned about them, they bowed low and worshiped God.
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