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Exodus 4:1-5:21

A couple of days back, to be precise, yesterday (my how time flies), I mentioned that I thought Moses’ reluctance to be sent by God wasn’t based on his Public Speaking talent or lack there of, but on the knowledge that he had committed a crime, he was a murderer. Guilt has a way of always sitting in the back our minds and coloring all our reasons we disguise as excuses, hmmm.

I have taken note of how many people, myself included, don’t really ask the question or state the true problem but the issue is couched in terms of, “I know somebody who …” or, we play ring-a-round-the-rosy in our attempt to avoid the true problem or question and hid behind our “stuff.” God has not of that and all though He doesn’t come right out and say what Moses’ issues are (Moses would probably deny them), He does not let Moses escape from His purpose. Think God is still doing that today?

I think we in the Western Cultures escape into new technologies, cell phones, blackberries, the got to stay in touch stuff, as an attempt to drown out the calling, the purpose God has assigned to each and every individual. We create our own ministries (our vocations/employment/careers) to run from our assigned ministry. I’m using ministry here in terms of service to the greater population. Everyone ministers in some way, even if that ministry is dedicated to serve evil it still is a ministry, a service to the fleshly nature or dedicated to the spiritual. “God I don’t want to do that so I’ll do this instead.”

Grace and peace,

Moses was not just making excuses, he was flat out lying (see Acts 7:22 and Egyptian sources also indicate Moses was an accomplished orator). Why? IMO he had been beaten down for forty years in an exiled (by choice) and in lowly shepherding job - like the clay being smashed down by the potter. Moses was smashed. God was patient through his lies and reluctance, but in the end in strong words told Moses to head out. Note: before beating on Moses, do we (and I know I have) lied and made excuses to get out of things. May God push and lead us all to what a believer should be doing in this world.

Throwing down the rod (Hebrew is scepter) to me paints a picture of man’s authority being thrown down (taken away) and sin (serpent should remind us of garden) released in the world. Then through God’s (Holy Spirit) power sin (serpent) is picked up (defeated) and authority (the rod) is given to Jesus - having defeated sin and ruling with the rod (scepter). Just the thought I had while reading.

Note in Psalm 22:24 - God had not forsaken the suffering one (may have felt like it), but was there all along hearing and being there for Jesus (this is a messianic psalm).

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