A Short Study of Exodus 4:10-16

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Exodus 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Exodus 4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

Exodus 4:14 And 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. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Exodus 4:15 And 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.

Exodus 4:16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

There is no other way to interpret the attitude and conduct of Moses toward his calling except to call it what it was; doubt and unbelief. It is this same doubt and unbelief that causes every man called into the ministry to dwell on his own inability and weakness and hesitates to go where God has determined to send him. Exodus 4, verse 14, makes it very clear that God is not pleased with our reluctance to trust Him and obey Him saying, “The anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses.” Thank God this anger was not designed to cut him off or alter the mission for which he was called, but rather to establish how the message would be preached and received. As a result of God’s anger against Moses three great blessings were revealed to him.

First, God announces the appointment of a priest. Because of the infirmity, of our flesh, God has appointed a Great High Priest to reveal and establish how God can be just and justify all that believe. Through the work of this Priest, God declares the will and way of salvation. Through this Priest, Christ Jesus, the inability and infirmity of the flesh is overcome and the message of deliverance is clearly preached to the captives. How clear are the first 2 verses of 1st Corinthians 2 in the light of Moses and Aaron. “And I, brethren, when I come unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1st Corinthians 2:1-2)

The second thing that came to pass as a result of God’s anger, with Moses, is that he left him with his infirmity. Moses had no other alternative in his ministry to Israel but the person and work of his elder brother whom God ordained for men in things pertaining to God. (Hebrews 5:1) He would speak through the Priest of God or not at all.

Thirdly, God took the glory of his ministry and gave it to Aaron. It was Aaron who went beyond the vale, not Moses. It was the priesthood that reigned preeminent in Israel till the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: And Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons forever to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever.” (1st Chronicles 23:13) The glory of the message of every prophet is Christ our High Priest. “…through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39-40)

D. Pruitt

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