20
Jan
11

He’s Still Working on…Moses

I think it would be something special to be spoken to directly by God.  And I think that whatever He said to me, it would be pretty convincing.  But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Moses.  When God is preparing to send Moses back to Egypt in order to free the Israelites from captivity, their conversation goes like this:

‘Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”‘ — Exodus 4:10-12

So…Moses raises one objection – that he doesn’t do public speaking very well.  And God tells him that He is the one that enables man to speak and that He will personally help Moses to conquer this fear.  Incredibly, Moses responds:

‘But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.”‘ — Exodus 4:13-14

Now, I know Moses ended pretty well with God (though he wasn’t allowed to enter the promised land), but this is a real testament to what God can do with people.  Moses’ response is nothing less than cowardly, at least the way I read it.  Once again, God demonstrates that He can do great things through weak people.  Whenever we feel inadequate to the task that God has set before us, we should remember – “He’s still working on me”.

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