Ex .4:14-18

The fourth chapter of Exodus begins with Moses trying to make excuses why he should not and could not do as God had commissioned him to do.

In verse 1 Moses said they will not believe me, nor listen to my voice for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

The Lord begin to crumble his excuses by showing him some things. First he said, What is that in your hand Moses? To Moses it was but a stick, the same stick became a living serpent when God got involved with it. The Lord asked Moses to put his hand into his bosom and then pull it out and it was leprous as snow. Moses put his hand back into his bosom and it was as his other flesh.

Moses begin to make excuses as to his speech. He said unto the Lord, I am not eloquent, but I am slow in speech, and of a slow tongue. In verse 11, there is a very interesting statement made, "Who hath made man's mouth, or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord? Now therefore go and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what to say." Our text tells us, "The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and He said, "Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well." The Lord said, "Thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth ,and will teach you what ye shall do. Aaron shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shall be to him instead of God. Take this rod in your hand, wherewith thou shall do signs."

After Moses settled it what God had called and commissioned him to do he went to his father-in-law Jethro to say good by. Jethro seems to be a very good and wise man. When Moses first come to Midian,  Jethro made him welcome and now he blesses Moses by saying, Go in peace. Later we will find Jethro giving some good advice to Moses.

Are there any lessons we can learn from the experiences of Moses? How many times have we tried to make excuses as to why we can't do the things God has called us to do? I have heard people say, I'm not good enough to be a Christian. (very true) We are not, we are not saved by being good enough. We are saved when we realize that we are sinners and can't save ourselves.

I'm afraid I can't hold out, again you are right you can't hold out, but Christ in us is the hope of glory. I'm afraid what others might think. This one is really sick; what does it matter what others think? If your life pleases the Lord you need never worry what others think. Moses quit making excuses and went to Egypt as he was told and miracle after miracle happened in Moses' life. It has not yet been seen the limit of what one man plus God can do. When you do God's will in your life, there will be some that can't understand but there will be those who will bless you as they see you are doing God's will. Will you go with Jesus or are you going to sit around and make excuses?