In Exodus 4, God grants Moses three signs to serve as proof of his divine mission when confronting Pharaoh. The first sign involves Moses’ staff transforming into a snake, followed by his hand being able to change to a diseased, leprous state and then back to normal. Lastly, God empowers Moses to turn the waters of the Nile into blood. God instructs Moses to take his staff along for these demonstrations.
However, Moses becomes hesitant and uncertain about carrying out God’s plan for him. God becomes angry with Moses but assures him that his brother Aaron will assist him in fulfilling the mission. God encourages Moses to proceed without fear.
Moses then embarks on his journey back to Egypt. Along the way, God seeks to kill Moses, but Moses’ wife, Zipporah, swiftly performs a circumcision on their son, saving Moses’ life. Subsequently, Moses encounters Aaron, and they worship together as they prepare to fulfill their God-given roles.
11-12. 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? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Like Moses, we often experience feelings of inadequacy when faced with God’s calling upon our lives. I find God’s response to Moses’ expression of self-doubt truly remarkable. Essentially, God asserts His authority by stating, “I am God—when I speak, I mean it. Stop making excuses!” The reality is that none of us are inherently worthy or deserving of the divine call upon our lives. Yet, when we step out in faith, willing to carry out God’s will, He blesses us and enables us to fulfill His plan, despite our limitations.
The narrative between verses 24 and 26 presents one of the most perplexing accounts in the Bible. It appears that God, shortly after choosing Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, seeks to take his life. However, we must understand that God, being omniscient, knew that He would not actually follow through with killing Moses. Rather, it serves as a severe warning to emphasize the importance of circumcision and the covenantal obligations. It underscores the significance of Moses ensuring that his children remained within the covenant relationship with God.