Powerful Signs, Wait. What?, Bricks and No Straw, and God’s Promises

Thoughts on Exodus 4-6


Moses does the thing that I know I do all the time when I should just have faith in God and do what He wants me to do. He initially fails the faith test that God has given him everything he needs to be God’s instrument in the situation. Luckily, at times, God still uses us in our weakness and doubt. However, we learn later that Moses’ lack of faith ultimately keeps him from the promised land. How many times do our lack of faith do the same? We sometimes aren’t able to go up on the mountain and see where God was leading us like Moses was before he died.

God answers Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth?”

Yet Moses still doubts.

God allows Aaron to go with Moses.

Weird verse in Chapter 4:24.

At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met him, and sought to put him to death.

Wait. What?

Jon Acuff beat me to the punch on this one. I remember reading this and I guess because I am reading slower through the Bible this year, I caught it. Jon wrote about this in his blog Stuff Christians Like.

It says that God set out to kill Moses.

Now I have to remember the fact that Moses is the author of Exodus. I wonder what that was all about. Did Moses get deathly sick or was it something more literal. Anyway, there’s the odd circumcision that happens, and then Moses meets up with Aaron and some of the leaders of the nation of Israel.

And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Brief Belief. But Belief nonetheless.

Chapter 5 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh for the first time. Asking to let the people go and worship God. Pharaoh’s answer is two fold. 1) I do not know the Lord and 2) I will not let Israel go. Furthermore, since the people obviously have too much free time… they need to work harder. Thus punishment is to produce the same number of bricks per day without straw.

Moses gets yelled at by the Israelites saying that it is Moses who has “made us stink” in the sight of Pharaoh. Moses turns around and tells God, “Why? Hello? That didn’t go as planned.”

Chapter 6 opens with God telling Moses that He is in charge and all will see that soon. Including Pharaoh.

God also introduces himself to Moses and anew. I am The Lord. In the past, I was not known as this. But now I want my people to know me as Lord and remind them of the promises that I have made.

Then there is a list of specific things that God is going to do. These are Active verbs coming from God. He has put this in his to do list and is about to mark them all complete.

  1. I have Heard the groaning
  2. I remembered my covenant
  3. I am the Lord
  4. I will bring you out
  5. I will deliver you
  6. I will redeem you
  7. I will take you
  8. You shall know that I am the Lord your God
  9. I will bring you
  10. I will give it to you
  11. I am the Lord

Moses again shows a little lack of faith and says, “But God, Pharaoh won’t listen.”

But God says, Oh yeah he will.

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