Scripture: Exodus 4-6. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God told Moses to relay the message from Him to the Israelites. God also told Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses, however, was worried how the people would respond to him. Moses asked God what he should do if the people did not believe him. God showed Moses miraculous signs that no one would then be able to doubt him. Moses pleaded with God to let him out of this task, because he feared he was not a good speaker and didn’t want to embarrass himself nor God. Moses returned to Egypt and told Pharaoh that God said that if he did not let the people go, his firstborn son would be killed. Zipporah, Pharaoh’s wife, circumcised their son, and God spared his life. The Lord told Aaron, Moses’ brother, to go meet Moses in the desert, and Moses told his brother about all the signs he had been commanded to perform. Pharaoh did not know God or respect Him, so he would not listen. Pharaoh forced the Hebrews to work harder, and he oppressed them even more. When Moses gave God’s message to the people, that He promised to free them, they were too discouraged to listen. God promised he would free the Isrealites from slavery. Exodus 6 retouches on the family record of Moses and Aaron.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Moses was afraid to do the task that God had told him to do. If God asks us to do something, then He will always guide us and help us get the job done. Even if the task requires some of our weak areas, we can trust that God will provide the right words, strength and courage that we need. Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron because he (Pharaoh) did not know or respect God. When others reject us or our faith, we should not get discouraged. Speak with God, asking Him to open minds and soften the hearts of the people we are trying to reach with the message. We need to realize that sometimes hardships come as a result of obeying God. We must continue to do what is right in God’s eyes no matter what. When we encounter big problems in life, it puts us in a perfect position to watch God give big answers. When God is at work in our lives, problems and setbacks can still arise. We are encouraged to be happy even in the roughest of times. Rough times teach us to trust God to do what is best in each situation, honor God even in our present situations, help us to remember that God will never abandon us, and to allow us to watch for God’s plan(s) for us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Help each and every one of us to step out boldly in faith with any task that You ask us to fulfill. We know that You will guide our paths and will help us find the right words, strength and courage, even in our weakest areas. Help us not to get discouraged when others in life reject us or our faith. We will rely heavily upon You for the right answers. We understand that hardships can come as a result of obeying You, God, but we will strive to follow You and to do what is right in Your eyes. Help us to learn from all of the struggles in life, and help us to see the possible opportunities that may arise out of tough situations. Please forgive us, and help us to forgive others. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.