by Christina Farris
Exodus 4:1-17 KJV
1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land. note
10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. note note
11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. note
14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
The sword of The Spirit is the word of God going forth in prophesy talking to individual to do the will of him that speaks to the soul, heart and ears of man. Many passages can be used to express the Spirit instructing Man to go, do and say as commanded, it takes the helmet of salvation or helmet of salvation the hope that the hearer is not insane, or disturbed so to speak. Moses was spoken by the angel of the Lord through a fiery bush. Read the chapter before if you have doubts on this. Yes in the modern world Bible stories sound insane as they begin, even nothing more then a fairy tale, until God moves you to action in obedience to His Word. Moses did not believe Pharoah or anyone would believe him. How so it is with any knowledge of wrath of God to come do people in generally ignore that have little faith or belief in a real God. Noah preached hundred years before the flood before going into the ark and God sealing the door saying no one else could enter. Moses no doubt had heard the Hebrews story at the knee of his mother as well as his own protection story from birth. This story of protection must come with faith. To believe God must come with conviction. Moses was convicted that God’s word was true, after all God turn a rod into a snake and then had him place his hand in his cloak and when he withdrew he had leprous. What is faith but the ability not to feel stupid when God tells you to do something. It takes faith to drop the rod and it takes faith to put the hand in the cloak to see the disease upon the hand. Moses, the adopted son of the princess of Egypt, knew the parlor tricks of Egypt. The first thing God commanded Moses to do by throwing the rod on the ground was consider a cheap trick by the wisemen, magicians, and sorcers of Egypt. Yet the hand turning to leprous was not a trick that could be reproduced by Egypts magicians and Moses no doubt understood this.
Moses childhood history would of left him understanding many things about the world around him. He would of meet perhaps people of different countries as well as seen many forms of entertainment in the palace. He would of had more understanding then perhaps someone outside the palace when it came to government, yet he believed in the Hebrew God enough that when God spoke and told him to remove his shoes he was on holy ground, he knew to do so, showing respect to God. Yet when it came to being a spokesman for God he was not ready in his mind. Yet Moses’ faith was much like Pharoah would be when it came to the plagues. It would be slow in coming, yet for pharoah his faith would not remain. Moses faith would carry him to his death. It took only one plague of leoprosy to convince Moses. Yet it take seven plagues to convince Pharoah to free the people.
God’s power and word is not a cheap magician trick. It comes with power and ability the world seldom grasp until it witnesses it and then it sometimes it is still denied. The point Moses gained faith but not enough to be willing to speak God’s word. Perhaps he was a little afraid still of the powers of the enemy, not knowing yet God’s power was stronger. God would use Moses still, by allowing him to perform the miracles before Pharoah by his hand. Yet he send his brother to talk for him. Moses would be a witness and demonstrator of the power of God’s word. The sword of Spirit would go forth in the words of the plagues to come just like when God demonstrated the miracles before Moses. Moses had enough faith to leave his home with his father in law. He had enough faith to go and begin His journey to the promise land. He had the helmet of hope that God power was mighty and would be demonstrated before Pharaoh and he would be protected.The faith to be obedient is about hope of salvation or the helmet. It is the mind and brain saying I believe enough to go, but still perhaps not to sure about this whole thing. Hope that one won’t be a fool before the pharoah is about faith.in a God of power.
One must trust God that anyone that believes has the right to become children of God, and children of the word of God. God gives the helmet of salvation the hope, as one sees the changes in one’s own life upon belief and obedience to God’s word. one prays in faith asking God all things, and God grants according to His will. He speaks to the person heart and the conviction of doing has results when action occurs. Faith is slow at times, but God is able to build a believer up by the answer prayers and miracles in one’s own life. Eternal salvation comes from the hope from through belief in salvation through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again the third day. God’s plan of eternal salvation. During our life time God will build and strengthen our faith in him, but we must believe in Christ first to have faith strengthen in our journey with God.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to do as your word says, believing in faith that you will honor the promise of salvation through Christ Jesus my Lord. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study: Ephesians 6: 17 KJV And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.