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Jun.15 Exodus Study

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4: 1-17

Here I Am, Send Him”


I.) Intro.

II.) Vs. 1-9 Signs for Unbelief

III.) Vs. 10-12 Help I’m Broken

IV.) Vs. 13-17 I Don’t Want to Go

I.) Intro.


In chapter 3 Moses had a close encounter with God. From verse 4 through verse 10 God personally reveals His character to Moses. Having done so God then commission Moses to bring out His people. Although 40 years had passed since Moses had tried to exercise God’s work by human effort he none the less still saw it the same way, coming through him.

In verse 18 of chapter three God told Moses that the Israelites would listen to him. Yet apparently that was not enough for Moses. Now remember that it is Moses who is telling us this story. When you tell a story about your self, do you show all your faults & failures? Why, of coarse you do. There is no way in reading this that Moses comes out in a good light. So, why would Moses be so honest? Well I think that Moses is speaking for the benefit of you and I. Peter speaking of the prophets of old said, “To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you..”

Moses has weaknesses that he is very aware of and in every one of his five objections God continually forces Moses to deal with them that in his weakness God would make him strong.

II.) Vs. 1-9 Signs for Unbelief

Vs. 1 It appears that Moses has been thinking for 40 years that the failure in his life was do to himself and some lack of ability. Here we are given the third of Moses’ questions. In each of them there is a pealing away tell you get at the real root of the problem.

God was aware of Moses thinking, He tells Moses that He is the God of Grace, that He is the I Am, then in verse 18 He even tells Moses that they will head his voice and that Pharaoh will not but all of this is part of His plan. Moses is still fixated upon his own self. All along God has been telling Moses that the problem with Moses is that he thinks too much about his self.

Moses asks, “Suppose they say, the Lord has not appeared to you.” I believe that for the most part these signs are for Moses as much as they are for the Israelites. These three signs God was revealing to Moses He could have chosen anything to be a sign but He chose these for a reason. There are three things in the life of every believer, (the devil, the flesh, and the world), that will cause us to fail and in each case God would have us to know that He has over come them.

The Devil

  1. Vs. 1-5 Sign of the rod and the snake: The elements of this sign is made up of three things, the rod or staff, the snake, and Moses taking it up by the tale.

  1. The rod or staff: To a shepherd the rod had many functions but it’s primary one is very basic, SUPPORT. It was used to support a person as they walked up difficult terrain. It was also used as a tool to protect the sheep in leading them. But in each of these cases it was always used as a support. Spiritually speaking what supports us as we walk along in this life is Gods grace. God had said that He was the Great I Am, that is, He is the One that can alone support us. To which Moses replied that he was still afraid of failure. So God is saying it is, “Hey, Moses it is by grace that you stand not human effort.” Now that brings us to the next part.

  2. Vs.3 Casting it to the ground and it became a snake: There are two parts here that need to be looked at.

  1. The casting of the rod to the ground: The idea here is that the rod represented Gods grace. God is saying that to not rely upon His grace is to not be able to stand or support yourself. Moses was seeing his ability to stand from only his abilities and not the Lords. When we Christians try to do anything apart from His grace we lose the only basis of support. Paul would say in 2 Corin. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,”

  2. It became a serpent: There are three words in Hebrew that are translated snake or serpent. This is the most common one and it is used some 30 times. It is the same word used in Gen. 3: 1 referring to the devil. When Moses did this to Pharaoh in chapter 7:10 the word use there is different, there it means sea monster. Look at Moses reaction as it says that, “he fled from it”. God is saying, “When you cast aside my grace as a basis of support you open up yourself to the enemy.” When we try to stand in our own strength we always give opportunity to the devil in our lives.

  1. Vs. 4 Reach out your hand and take it by the tail: I know a little bit about catching snakes. When I was a kid, we used to catch them. You never catch a snake by the tail because if you grab a snake by the tail they will reach right around and bite the tar out of you. What you do is you distract them with one hand why you reach around with the other and quickly grab them right behind the head. If you can control the head you control the whole snake. So why would God tell Moses to grab it by the tail? The only way you could do this, especially if you were as afraid as Moses was here, is by faith!

God was teaching Moses some great things of why we fail and how to over come it. We fail when we try to stand apart from His grace, but we can by victorious when by faith we take hold of our failure and trust God. God has authority over the greatest reason for failure, the devil. Satan can not thwart God in your life if you by faith take hold of His grace. Notice what happened to that snake when Moses was obedient, it turned right back into a rod. God tells Moses in verse 5 that the Israelites will believe that I have sent you when they see that you through Me have authority over the devil, even though you have failed before.

The Flesh

2.) Vs. 6-7 The sign leprous hand and the whole hand: Here we are given two elements of this sign.

  1. Put your hand in your bosom ..and he took it out and it was leprous: Leprosy in scripture is a symbol of sin, and the hand symbolizes the energy of the flesh. So when Moses put his hand near his heart, “bosom” it turned out sinful. What God is showing Moses is that failure will occur when your heart is not right with God. Moses did not fail because of lack of ability, he failed because his heart was not right with God. When we try to serve God with a wrong heart it always fails, apart from God we are always unfit for service.

  2. Vs. 7 Put your hand in your bosom again: The principal that God is teaching Moses, “It is not the hand that affects the heart but the heart that affects the hand.” Change your heart and what you are doing will change as well.

The heart that is not right with God will always bring about failure in our lives. But the good news is that if we get out hearts right with the Lord we can be restored as whole! We can be victorious as we get our hearts right with God, no matter how bad we have failed.

The World

3.) Vs. 8-9 The water from the river will become blood on dry land: Here we are given the last of the signs. Notice that this sign was only to be used if they did not believe the first two. This sign is rather simple, taken of the water out of the Nile and the pouring it onto dry land.

  1. Egypt as I have said before is a symbol of the world and the lifeblood of Egypt was the Nile river. Egypt owed its very existence to the Nile and it’s over flowing its banks. God is telling Moses; we fail when we try to adopt the world’s ways to do His work. Moses, learned in all the ways of the Egyptians, failed when he tried to apply those methods to Gods call. So what is he to do? Dump it out onto dry land. Dump it out and it turns into the blood. There is nothing of value in my life accept the blood of Jesus and trusting the world system will get you nowhere.

God giving victory over the three areas or reasons why we fail, the devil, the flesh, and the world and each case if we trust Him we have victory. A victorious life is one lived in faith and dependence upon God. When that happens we can be confident in God for He alone is dependable.

III.) Vs. 10-12 Help I’m Broken

Vs. 10 Moses is still not convinced; the word “eloquent” here is the word for man. Moses is saying if you will I’m not a man. Now you will remember the words of Steven concerning Moses ability to speak in Acts 7 “..Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” Moses is thinking that he failed because he was not a good enough speaker. “I don’t have the ability to persuade people.” The difference between Moses 40 years ago and now will be God not his ability or lack of it to speak.

It is not how well a person speaks that makes them effective or not effective, it is Who they are speaking about and Who they are relying on when they speak! This then is one of the greatest excuses we all use to not serve the Lord, “I’m not gifted in this area or that.” “If I was just better looking, more intelligent, or had a better personality, I’d be better fit for His service.” God is not looking for ability He is looking for availability.

Vs. 11-12 God’s answer to Moses is not on what he lacked but rather on what he needed.

  1. Vs. 11 God says that He made the mouth the way that it is and the ear the way that it is. Even if you have all those things what good are they if you are not relying and trusting in the Lord. It is not the smooth talker that God can use rather it is the one that simply trusts the Lord. The person who is deficient in certain areas can be more affective for the Lord because they do not trust in their own selves but rather in the Him.

  2. Vs. 12 God is telling Moses that if he trusts Him God will speak through him. Let me put this another way so we can all grasp it; “What people need is not something it is Someone.God’s design is to show Himself sufficient in our insufficiencies.

IV.) Vs. 13-17 I Don’t Want to Go

Vs. 13 Moses has finally gotten to the real problem, he does not want to go. The bottom line is Moses is saying, “I don’t trust you.”

Vs. 14a This angers the Lord, because unbelief is always rips us off. God has shown over and over again that Moses problem was one of trust, now finally Moses says, I don’t trust you. Hey you may not be able to trust man but you can trust God. Moses was not unable, he was unwilling.

Vs. 14b So God here says, “Look Moses, you are all caught up in your self and your ability, but you haven’t even said a word and here is your three-year older brother on his way to meet you. Your worried about how people will receive you but Aaron is going to rejoice when he sees you.

Vs. 15-17 Poor Moses, because of his lack of trust God allows him what he wants and it is here that you are in trouble. Because what you want rarely turns out to be a blessing. Aaron will be the one who allows the nation to turn to idolatry.