Exodus 4 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Moses said, ‘Please, L_rd, send someone else.’ Then the L_rd’s anger burned against Moses, and He said, ‘Isn’t Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, he is on his way now to meet you. When he sees you, his heart will rejoice. You will speak to him and tell him what to say. I will help both you and him to speak and will teach you both what to do. He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will serve as G_d to him. And take this staff in your hand that you will perform signs with.’” Exodus 4:13-17
Has the L_rd ever asked you to do something and your reply to him was, “Could you send someone else?” It seems ridiculous but we do it all the time. Perhaps, you have felt that internal nudge, that whispering “heart voice” urging you to share the gospel. “Oh no!”, you reply. “That’s a preacher’s job…someone more eloquent and knowledgeable than me!” This is exactly what Moses was doing.
I have heard preachers go on & on about Moses having some kind of speech impediment. But that is simply NOT true. Check out the testimony about Moses, given by the early martyr of the Messianic community, Stephen:
“So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was powerful in his speech and actions.” Acts 7:22
Moses didn’t have a speech problem; he had a confidence problem!! As we read-on in Exodus, notice how Aaron’s role as “spokesman” diminishes as Moses’ confidence grows. Eventually, Moses is doing all the talking.
Consequences. Whenever we disobey the L_rd and fail to heed his Word by faith, there are consequences. One of the consequences of Moses’ lack of faith in this instance remains to this day. G_d designed a situation where He would speak to Moses and Moses spoke to the people. When Aaron was added to equation, G_d was left out. Notice:
“He will speak to the people for you. He will be your spokesman, and you will serve as G_d to him.” Exodus 4:12
To this day, in essence, “Moses”, (the Torah of G_d), still seems to occupy a more centric place in Judaism than Adonai, the G_d of the Torah. And in many respects, the Talmud is even more centric than the Torah. Are you allowing something to come between you and G_d’s calling? In doing so, you may be adding an unnecessary link between your unbelieving friends and the L_rd. What is it you lack, which keeps you from being bolder? Like Moses, do you simply lack experience with G_d’s faithfulness? That is exactly why we are reading G_d’s Word. Over and over, we experience G_d’s faithfulness in Scripture…and in turn our confidence in Him builds.
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of G_d.” Romans 10:17
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, March 5, 2014