Today's passage: Exodus 4:1-17
- Moses has just been commissioned by God to go lead Israel out of Egypt. In today's passage, Moses tries to get himself out of the job.
- Moses shared two main concerns:
- The people wouldn't believe Moses had been sent by God.
- He wouldn't be able to properly articulate or verbalize all that needed to be said.
- God shared two answers:
- God gave Moses three signs to show his authenticity.
- “Who made your mouth?” God could use a donkey to speak to Israel if He wanted (Numbers 22:28). He certainly had the ability to use Moses.
- God mercifully also gave Moses his brother, Aaron. To be a support and an additional speaker in the cause.
Questions to consider:
- In what way does verse 13 show the desire of Moses' heart in this moment? What did he want? What didn't he want? Why did he voice the concerns that he did before God?
- What can we learn about God in verse 14? Why was His anger kindled? What should Moses have been able to believe without self-preservation blinding him? What did God provide to Moses in his weakness? How does this show God's long-suffering, patience, mercy, etc.?
- What has God given us to do? If we are ever blinded by a desire for self-preservation, what questions do we bring up? What is the irony of self-preservation causing us to disobey the God of the universe?