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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Exodus 4:11-12

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? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shall say.

For further study – Exodus 4:1-31

God told Moses how He would take the children of Israel out of the Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land. The response of Moses, verse 1, was that the Jewish people would not believe him and would not accept what he was telling them.

What an interesting illustration the Lord used to tell Moses that He would help him to do the task that He wanted him to do for his people. The “rod” in the hand of Moses would become a “serpent”, which it did, causing Moses to drop it. As Moses obeyed the Lord and picked up the serpent by the tail it returned the rod that had been in his hand.
There was another “sign” that the Lord would use on Moses, which Moses was to show to the Jewish people when he told them he was to lead them out of bondage and into the promise land. This sign was the “leprous” hand, verses 6-9.

Even with these signs Moses still resisted the Lord’s call for him to be the “deliverer” of the Jewish people. In fact, when Moses introduced the thought to the Lord that Aaron, his brother, could do the job, it angered the Lord, verse 14.

Aaron was an excellent speaker, but not the one the Lord wanted for the job. It is at this point that the Lord told Moses that He would be with both him and his brother Aaron as they would lead the children of Israel out of the Egyptian bondage, verses 14-17.

In the next seven chapters of Exodus we will see the contest that Moses would have with the Pharaoh before the leader of Egypt would “let the people of Moses go”. We will briefly look at those chapters, but this devotional for today is key in the liberation of the Jewish people from Egypt and the first of three returns to the real estate that God had given the Jewish people.

The focus of this narrative in Exodus is the departure of the Jews from the “land of bondage” to the “land of promise”. The focus of the Jews today is the return of the Jews to the land that God promised them through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

This is the plan that God has for the Jewish people for the last days and as we witness this happening in our day we have the evidence that the Lord is working out His plan and the return of His son, Jesus Christ, must be very, very close, maybe even today.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Since the Lord is working out His plan for the end of days, today, among the Jewish people, we must realize how close we are to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and live out our everyday lives in light of that truth. Help me to do so Lord.