Exodus 6:1-3,9,12,28-30 But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them... Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery... But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”... On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”
I'm not sure about you but I sure am getting frustrated by the response of the Israelites and Moses. However, I have to keep reminding myself that I know their future and therefore fret about their present decisions and isn't hindsight always 20/20 :)
The first thought that struck me when I read this passage after reading Moses' accusation of God being evil in Exodus 5 is that God is MERCIFUL! What a contrast between an all powerful and almighty God who created the entire universe, the size and volume of which we will never know, and a merciful God who seems very slow to anger even when His own creation falsely accuses Him!
Despite God showing great mercy, why was Moses' complaining about uncircumcised lips?
An uncircumcised ear is one that does not hear clearly, an uncircumcised heart is one that is slow to receive and understand warnings and uncircumcised lips are those that cannot speak fluently. Moses' repetitive hesitation is natural considering how great the challenge he had on hand but his words imply his great fear of failure, not of personal harm.
The LORD in Hebrew is 'Yah-weh' or JEHOVAH meaning self-existing or eternal and is the Jewish national name of God. This is the name God reveals to Moses that was not previously revealed to Jacob, Isaac or even Abraham.
Names had great significance in those days because they explained character, history and genealogy. By God revealing Himself as Yah-weh, it was for Moses to understand that God is the all sufficient one who was, is and will forever be.
However fear of failure gripped Moses' heart so much so that he could not appreciate the significance of what God was speaking to Him. His worry was the present situation in hand and he did not understand that God saw the big picture and would redeem them, if only they trusted Him.
It is at these moments of our greatest fear when we realize how small and helpless we really are and how desperate we are for help. What we yearn for is a saviour to come and deliver us from our fear and that is what God was doing here in Moses' life.
Unfortunately Moses wanted a physical force to deliver him and the Israelites from captivity and not what he thought were simply words of hope from God. However, we need to remember that it was faith in Jesus that healed the sick, blind and dying.
Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as 'the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen'. The one we need to have faith in is explained in Hebrews 12:2, 'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.'
Are you living in fear and hopelessness, desperate to have a secured future? Your only and best answer is Jesus Christ who is but a simple thought away.
Are you saved by the grace of God yet living in fear like Moses? Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:13 'I can do all this through him who gives me strength'.
In His Loving Service,
Hebrews 12:2 'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.'
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