Exodus 4:10-17 (ANIV)
10 Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so that you can perform miraculous signs with it.”
TIME OF DAY:
The sun is moving towards the west, it is just catching the mountain tops in this scene.
Moses is in the foreground, waving to his brother Aaron, who is walking towards him along the valley bottom.
This is a simple scene, showing Aaron walking towards Moses.
4:10-12 REVELATION, Divine Presence (3.21B)
Revelation does not force human agreement and commitment. Moses had already questioned God as to His identity and power (See Genesis 3:13, 4:1). Here he excused himself as unfit for the call God was making on his life. God revealed Himself as patient, yet caringly angry that Moses used every excuse no to serve. Patiently God reminded Moses that the Creator has formed all human gifts and can release them for His purposes. Even more encouragingly, God revealed that He would continue to reveal His presence as Moses fulfilled his mission.
4:10-13 PRAYER< Sovereignty of God (5.51B4)
Moses had a tendency to argue with God. What God has made, God can direct. Refusal to follow God’s answer to prayer may bring God’s anger.
4:14,24 GOD, Wrath (1.14H)
The author did not hesitate to ascribe very human emotions to God, such as anger. This is an expression suggesting God’s firmness and the seriousness with which He views His will. Moses’ continuing excuse-making was unreasonable resistance to the will of God, and God became quite firm in His dealing with Moses. We should not interpret this as God having lost control of Himself. This incident simply expressed the intensity of God’s will in this situation.
4:14-15 HUMANITY, Family Relationships (2.45D)
Family relationships can be used to aid family members in serving God.