As we commemorate Moses today, we read about God calling him to become the leader of the Hebrews, as recorded in Exodus 4. Our devotional reading comes from Concordia’s Bible History Student Book.
Moses Declines. “O my Lord,” Moses said to the Lord, “I am not an eloquent speaker. I am slow of speech and have an awkward tongue.”
“Who has made man’s mouth?” the Lord asked him. “Who makes people mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Have not I, the Lord, done this? Now go, and I will be with you as you speak. I will teach you what to say.”
“O Lord,” Moses said, “I beg You, send someone else.”
Then the Lord became very angry with Moses. He asked, “What about Aaron, a Levite, your brother? I know that he can speak well. You will tell him what to say. I will be with both of you and teach you what to say and do. He will be your spokesman, and you will be like God to him. Use your rod to do the signs.”
Moses Obeys. Then Moses went to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, “Let me return to my brothers who are in Egypt. I want to see whether or not they are still alive.”
“Go in peace,” Jethro said. The Lord assured Moses, while he was still in Midian, that it was safe to return to Egypt since all the men who had wanted to kill him were dead. So Moses took his wife and his sons and returned to Egypt.
The Lord told Aaron to meet Moses in the wilderness. So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. Here Moses told Aaron about all the words the Lord had sent him to say and about all the miraculous signs He had commanded him to do. Then Moses and Aaron gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel. Aaron told them everything that the Lord had told Moses. He also did the miraculous signs, and the people believed. When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and knew their misery, the children of Israel bowed their heads and worshiped Him.
Note: At the age of 40, an ambitious Moses thought he was ready to deliver his people. Now, at the age of 80, after forty years of exile and plain shepherd life, he is thoroughly humble and realizes the gravity of that task as well as his own inability to complete it, even to the extent of hesitating and declining when God calls him. In such weakness, the strength of God was made perfect in order that to Him and not to Moses might be all glory.
Devotional reading is from Concordia’s Bible History Student Book, page 109 © 2015 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Hymn (Exodus 15:2)
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
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