Moses gave 5 excuses why he should not be put on God’s mission. (I usually come up with more than 5).
- Who am I? We never feel smart enough, educated enough, spiritual enough.
- I don’t know enough about Spiritual stuff. He said “How will I describe you? What do I call you? We all know what he said…”I AM WHO I AM”. It is not our job to show God’s Glory, we just do what is asked of Him, He will do the rest.
- Nobody will believe me-have you ever tried to share the Gospel to your unbelieving family or friend. It’s hard.
- I can’t speak. We are all given a Spiritual Gifts at the time of our Salvation. The gift is from God. The reason you were given it was to become a vessel, or a messenger of God. So it is important to note that we are all called to “speak” on His behalf, just according to the Gift he has given us.
- Last, but NOT LEAST! “Please send someone else”. That’s not my thing, I am not good at that….
In chapter 4 we see a foreshadow of the first and last plague that will occur. 4:9 “the water you take from the river will become blood on the ground and 4:23 “so I will kill your firstborn son”
If the quick circumcision confused you, you need to remember that in Gen 17 God gave the Israelites the Covenant of Circumcision.
14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
Moses never had his son circumcised. Why would they be? He was raised Egyptian. So his wife swiftly secured the covenant with a flint knife. That’s why I carry a pocket knife in case a mom ever needs to borrow it. 😬
Chapter 5- We are in Egypt and we have these 2 different groups of people. The Egyptians obviously, and the Israelites. Let’s go back to the end of Genesis. God was so good to put the families in Goshen, away from the city. They were able to raise up their people away from the influence of polytheism. The Pharaohs says “Who is the Lord?” The Lord is not one of the gods that is on the list for the Egyptians to worship, BUT Pharaoh’s name is on that list as a god. So when Moses enters stage left and says “This is what THE Lord says”, it was putting the deity of Pharaoh as a match to a God that Pharaoh has never even heard of! Oh Stars, that’s not good….but God has a bigger plan than “just” letting his people go.
Chapter 6- (my favorite of the 3) Read the first part with authority aloud and emphasize the word “I” or “my”. It is so powerful. I like verse 6:2 when God says (paraphrase) “I appeared to your grandfathers but I did not fully reveal myself to them like I will now to you during this difficult task”.
So then you get to the end of Chapter 6 and you roll your eyes and say “C’mon! another “family record”, I can skim over this”. No! was that was just me that said that in their head? Liars! Don’t….I want you to see it!!
Like all the others it starts with Reuben…Simeon….boring…..and then we get to Levi, Moses’ family. and it stops there. This partial genealogy of Levi (which must be important if it is the first 4 letters of the next book we will read, Leviticus), establishes the position of Moses and Aaron. Jochebed’s name means “the Lord is glory”. She is the first person in the biblical text to have a name incorporated with His divine name.
Ready for the best part?? Not only is God establishing the position of Moses and Aaron’s family but the wife of Aaron is Elisheba. Elisheba is from the tribe of Judah. God is uniting the tribe of Levi (the priesthood) and Judah (kingship, royalty) lines: Jesus is on every page of this Bible.
If you want to go deeper today, look into the Words of God that were used in this text. Yahweh verse El Shaddai. Have a wonderful day.