Exodus 6:1-3,9,12,28-30 But the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them… Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery… But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”… On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”

I’m not sure about you but I sure am getting frustrated by the response of the Israelites and Moses. However, I have to keep reminding myself that I know their future and therefore fret about their present decisions and isn’t hindsight always 20/20 🙂

The first thought that struck me when I read this passage after reading Moses’ accusation of God being evil in Exodus 5 is that God is MERCIFUL! What a contrast between an all powerful and almighty God who created the entire universe, the size and volume of which we will never know, and a merciful God who seems very slow to anger even when His own creation falsely accuses Him!

Despite God showing great mercy, why was Moses’ complaining about uncircumcised lips?

An uncircumcised ear is one that does not hear clearly, an uncircumcised heart is one that is slow to receive and understand warnings and uncircumcised lips are those that cannot speak fluently. Moses’ repetitive hesitation is natural considering how great the challenge he had on hand but his words imply his great fear of failure, not of personal harm.

The LORD in Hebrew is ‘Yah-weh‘ or JEHOVAH meaning self-existing or eternal and is the Jewish national name of God. This is the name God reveals to Moses that was not previously revealed to Jacob, Isaac or even Abraham.

Names had great significance in those days because they explained character, history and genealogy. By God revealing Himself as Yah-weh, it was for Moses to understand that God is the all sufficient one who was, is and will forever be.

However fear of failure gripped Moses’ heart so much so that he could not appreciate the significance of what God was speaking to Him. His worry was the present situation in hand and he did not understand that God saw the big picture and would redeem them, if only they trusted Him.

It is at these moments of our greatest fear when we realize how small and helpless we really are and how desperate we are for help. What we yearn for is a saviour to come and deliver us from our fear and that is what God was doing here in Moses’ life.

Unfortunately Moses wanted a physical force to deliver him and the Israelites from captivity and not what he thought were simply words of hope from God. However, we need to remember that it was faith in Jesus that healed the sick, blind and dying.

Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as ‘the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’. The one we need to have faith in is explained in Hebrews 12:2, ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’

Are you living in fear and hopelessness, desperate to have a secured future? Your only and best answer is Jesus Christ who is but a simple thought away.

Are you saved by the grace of God yet living in fear like Moses? Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength’.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    Thanks Vineet

    I like this line very much “It is at these moments of our greatest fear when we realize how small and helpless we really are and how desperate we are for help.” We don’t always think we need God but I’m thankful that He’s there all the time and not only in the moments when we feel like grasshoppers looking up at Giants!

    I like your point about Moses’ wanting physical deliverance as opposed to Hope. I don’t know that I would think any differently… Sometimes the desire is to see the physical hand of God move but He says instead “follow my lead”. Tough sometimes but He’s always delivered on His promise.

    Praying He’ll help us to trust His direction and that He’ll open our spiritual eyes so we see the big picture.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Apologies for the delay in my response. I was busy in doing unimportant things and missed my basic responsibility and therefore feel bad. Knowing you, I’m certain you will brush it off but for me, it was a lesson that I had to learn the hard way. I hope it wont recur but knowing how our habits are like dog’s tails, I suspect God will be scrubbing my pride away constantly 😦

      I love your comment above, ‘We don’t always think we need God but I’m thankful that He’s there all the time and not only in the moments when we feel like grasshoppers looking up at Giants!’ God sure knows how to make a point and with the most recent earthquakes in New Zealand, my family certainly has woken up to the reality that we are but a mist, here today gone tomorrow.

      Preeti’s (My better half :)) cousins live in Christchurch which is 40 kms (25 miles) away from the epicentre of the quake and narrowly missed getting seriously injured. Ths helped us as a family appreciate the fragile world we live in and the fact that our hope is not in the physical but in the eternal God we love.

      Thank you for your prayers and we have certainly been awakened to the reality that time is short and there are many who need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    So thankful for your loving service to Him, Vineet, and to us as you continue to bring us to Jesus. I remember God using that section of scripture to speak to me about those unsaved loved ones in my life. . .they couldn’t hear, see or understand because of their broken spirits and the harsh slavery of their sins. It helped me have more compassion and patience.
    Now I am thinking about that fear of failure that Moses went through, that desire for a physical rescue and deliverance. Yes, I’ve been there too, just wanting to be lifted out of what I’m in. . .immediately if not sooner. Rescued by someone else, not by God changing me, working through me. Thank you so much for helping me consider all of this tonight and to stay before Him trusting in faith for what will be!
    God bless you and yours and your sincere witness for Christ!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      Praying for the salvation of our loved ones is such a trying thing because we keep praying and seldom see any fruit. However, I have seen over the years how God answers those prayer in the most amazing ways and most often not through us. I have many in my family who know not the grace of God but live with the conviction that the Jesus they ritually follow is appeased and I have cast the burden of their salvation at His feet and live my life as He would have me live.

      God is in the rescue business and operates ‘just in time’ which also happens to be the perfect time. I do believe we are called to pray without ceasing and live holy lives through His leading and I am comforted by His Holy Spirit whenever I lose this focus. Praying that we as His children will continue to serve Him and learn to cast our worries on Him and take on His yoke to be blessed.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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