But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:10-13
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In this final installment of our Doubting God series, I want to conclude our discussion of Moses’s exchange with God. Having been called to Egypt, Moses finds himself reluctant to obey God. As a result, Moses asks several questions to God. Despite this, God responds to Moses’s doubt with several declarations about Himself designed to strengthen Moses’s faith and the faith of Israel in order that they would all serve Him (3:12). First, God affirmed that though He was sending Moses, God would be the one who will ultimately deliver Israel. Second, God revealed to Moses that He is the great I AM. This meant that God is supreme over everything, including Pharaoh. Lastly, God empowered Moses with supernatural miracles so that he and all of Egypt and Israel would know that God is all-powerful and is indeed Israel’s deliverer. But after all of that Moses again turns the focus on himself and says “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue”. In other words, Moses was saying that he didn’t speak well enough for the Egyptians, and that hadn’t change since God started talking to Him. What arrogance!
In response, God doesn’t get angry. Instead, he responds for a fourth time. God says, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Moses responds with “Send someone else. Then the Lord’s anger was kindled…
Up until now, God had not gotten angry with Moses. All of his previous questions were understandable, but Moses had crossed the line when he asked God to send someone else. This was direct disobedience as he is asking God to avert his will.
So, what’s the takeaway? Friends, over these past four blogs, I wanted to empathize with you and the difficulty in obeying God through discomfort. However, the lessons of Exodus 3, and 4 is that when God calls us to do something, God requires our immediate obedience. As such, we must fight the doubt that the enemy brings. All throughout scripture, the pattern of God’s call is God empowering the weak to be strong for His glory. Today, God is calling us to do mighty things for him. We must rest in this fact and believe that whatever God has called us to do that He will equip us for every good work. The fact remains that whether Moses was born handicapped or not, God can still use him. What is powerful in God’s response is God asked “Who made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute…?” This lets me know that with God, it simply does not matter what our limitations are, God is able to use us for His glory. Lastly, when God calls us to do something, we must turn our focus on what God can do and not ourselves. All throughout chapters 3 and 4, Moses was hindered by what he saw in himself and others. God responds with declarations about himself. We must trust God, obey God and serve God – immediately. God bless you.