by Kim Larsen
Exodus 4:10, 14“Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant: but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So, the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said, “is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look he is coming out to meet you. When he sees you he will be glad in his heart.”
We have all heard the story of Moses many times, but I decided to begin again in Exodus and take a deeper look at this lesson that God has so graciously given to us in His Word. I had to stop and look at these two verses, for there are several questions to answer here. Moses has received his mission in verses 1-9. And Moses is so distrustful of self that He asks God again and again what will I do if the people don’t believe that you’ve chosen me to deliver them? God assures him with object lessons, He shows him what happens when he lets go of his rod, and also gives him a backup by afflicting his hand with leprosy and then removing it when he puts it back inside his robe. Moses is still looking for excuses by verse 10. Here we find him reasoning with God that he is slow of speech, he’s unsure of his words. He’s not eloquent. At first one would think that this means that perhaps he has a stutter, or a that he has some sort of speech impediment. This is unlikely since he was trained in the palace of Pharaoh and was the General of the army. Moses was afraid of bringing self into his work. He had history of doing this before when he killed the Egyptian . After many years of humbling work in the fields tending sheep, Moses did not want to take matters into his own hands. He trusted God, himself he did not trust. A man will gain power and efficiency as he accepts the responsibilities that God places upon him, and with his whole soul seeks to qualify himself to do his best . However humble his position or limited his ability, that man will attain true greatness who, trusting to divine strength, seeks to perform his work with fidelity.
The next puzzling text is verse 14, we read that the anger of the Lord was kindled because of Moses hesitancy. It’s impossible for God to become angry as this would certainly be out of his character. The original Hebrew word here is found to also be translated as longsuffering. This word fits the character of God much better. His longsuffering was kindled towards Moses . He understood Moses hesitancy and God found a solution that both could agree on. God would tell Moses what to say, Moses would relay it to Aaron and Aaron would speak for Moses. I totally understand this premise. I am this way as well. I don’t think on my feet well. Sometimes to keep our feet out of our mouth it is wise to not speak immediately , but rather go home and think about it and come back with a well thought out answer. God is so understanding and suffers long with us human beings.
He uses us in spite of our short comings and flaws. As long as we are obedient to His call.