How many times do you see the word “mouth” referring to God in this passage?
When does the word mouth refer to Moses?
How many other words can you find that reference a mouth?
The Bible shows us in several passages that God does not make things overly complicated. We, as people do. It appears God has plans that keep our work simple, but our unwillingness to follow those basic directions and to trust Him create complicated systems which end up being unnecessary. The passage above from Exodus 4 is a good example as we follow how many mouths it takes to get God’s message to God’s people.
How Many Mouths does it take?
More than one. More than two. It will end up taking the mouth of God, speaking through the mouth of Moses, speaking through the mouth of Aaron to finally get to the ears of the Hebrew people.
Why does it take so many mouths? The beginning of this passage shows us that it is because Moses is unwilling to go and do what God has asked of him. He is refusing his mission by making excuses. When he runs out of excuses, he tries to politely tell God to find someone else.
It doesn’t work. It just makes God angry.
The Mouth of God Cuts Through Excuses
There are two factors that hold us all back from successfully completing tasks: Lack of ability and lack of willingness. Most of the time, we, like Moses, claim a lack of ability as our excuse for not doing as God asks of us. However, God rightly points out that He is the one who gives ability to everyone. The only ability we need to do God’s will is the ability to trust Him.
The ability to trust God, no matter where you fall on the “free will and God’s sovereignty” worldview is willingness. Those who claim God has not given them the faith are not willing to believe. (For a great example of this see John 20:24-29)
So God is angry at Moses, not because he is unable to do this mission, but because he is unwilling to do it. Instead of punishing Moses, he sends Moses’ brother Aaron to be another mediator, between God, Moses, and the people. Yet God makes it clear that Moses will be the one the people see performing the signs. Moses is not going to get out of this call on his life – the call to be the Mouth of God.
What do you see here?
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