No Eloquence and No Speak

“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.”

You can see the patience of God running a little thin. How can we say this? Look at verse 11 of chapter 4.  So the LORD said to him, “who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Hey Moses, what did I do for you?  I turned your rod into a serpent and protected you from the serpent when you picked it up by the tail.  You stuck your hand in your bosom and got leprosy. Then I cured you in the same way. And now you dare to think I will not protect you and give you the words to speak after all, who created your mouth.

Christ used this same line of reasoning when he was on earth.  Look at the miracles he performed. He healed the mute, the deaf, the blind and even raised people from the dead.  How then could they not believe in Christ?  But we are way ahead of ourselves.  Moses has seen these two miracles, and Yahweh is asking.  Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have Not I the LORD?  Moses could answer yes to all these questions. So God continues by saying. “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Moses, what are you doing.  After all this, in verse thirteen, you say, “O my LORD, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

“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 also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.’”

In verse fifteen, God gives us an illustration of what would be illustrated in the life of Christ.  “Now you (Moses) will speak to him (Aaron your brother) and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth. And I will teach you what you shall do.” So, he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth (prophet) for you, and you shall be to him as God. And You shall take his rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.

From Yahweh to prophet, this form of communication remained in effect throughout the rest of the Old Testament. Perhaps a better way of stating this is, From God the Father to the Pre-incarnate Christ to the prophet, and from the prophet to the people.  God illustrates his chosen method of communication, which will hold true throughout the rest of the Old Testament. 

Previous to this, God communicated directly to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob.  But now, the people of Israel were about to become a nation.  They were to become a nation to bring all the nations of the world back together again (Genesis 12:1-3). So, for the most part, God chose to communicate to Israel through Prophets and then through the people of Israel to the other nations.  As we can see, this did not work. It was not a failure on God’s part, but man’s part.

In the four gospels of the New Testament, God the Father chose to speak directly to the people through Jesus.  Jesus became God’s mouthpiece to communicate directly to the people to dispel the unbelief and superstition surrounding who God really is. After his resurrection and ascension, God speaks to people through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes the lives of you and me to reflect Christ’s love to others.  Then, in turn, this is how God still communicates with His people today.  Like Israel of old, he is using his church of today to carry the message to others.

Verse 16, “So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, ‘Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.’ And Jethro said to Moses, ‘Go in peace.’”

Now the LORD said to Moses, in Midian, “Go return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead” (Exodus 4:16-19). 

So Moses departed (Exodus 4:20).

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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