“WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND”
Introduction:- Psalm.107:10-20, v.14. Romans.12:1-8
Exodus.1:1 – 2:6. Hebrews.11:23-29. 1.Peter.4:5b-6
Moses is no longer a prince of Egypt, he is now a simple shepherd caring for another man’s sheep, a long humbling process that has taken 40 years.
Forty years have passed since had Moses identified himself with his own people and attempted to begin setting his people free, an impossible task without God!
It is a different humbled Moses who now stands on holy ground hiding his face before the Lord on Mt Sinai listening to God’s voice coming from a burning bush that is not consumed.
He has been chosen, selected by God to lead His people out of Egypt, a task for which he feels and knows he is not equipped to perform. The Lord fully aware of his fear and doubt allowing Moses to express his feelings and thoughts through series of questions and answers, He teaches Moses important and valuable truths. That any work by done by our hands or in our human understanding is pointless. Whatever we do in the kingdom of God must be motivated by the Lord and for His glory alone.
Some having a sense of God’s call upon their lives, often jump the gun. Rather than waiting for the Lord to open a door in His time! They rush in trying to achieve God’s purposes in their own understanding and human ability.
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE FAILURE TO LET THE HOT AIR OUT OF A BALLOON OF PRIDE OR SELF ACHIEVEMENT! Exodus.2:11-15
When God decided it was time for Moses to exercise a ministry of deliverance for his people. Moses is very reluctant to respond to God’s call on his life!
MOSES QUESTIONS GOD.
Exodus.3:11. “Who am I?” Moses commits the error of thinking its all about Him!
Low self esteem focuses upon SELF. He is thinking I used to be
somebody, now I am a nobody!
Fact. The task God has chosen him for is far beyond his human ability. But God is not concerned with his ABILITY, BUT HIS AVAILABILITY!
Exodus.3:13, “Who are you!” Moses is DOUBTING GOD”.
Moses had questioned his own ability and credential, but he is now
Questions God’s ability. Who answers “I AM THAT I AM”. God is all sufficient lacking nothing, He is sovereign and eternal! “Nothing is impossible with God!” Luke.1:37.
EXODUS.4:1. “What if they will not believe me?” Fear of man! Moses thinking only about his own reputation is worried what people would think about him and does not want to appear foolish or a failure to others, he is only concerned about himself and his reputation! In time Moses, Numbers.14:12-16, is only concerned for God’s reputation.
n.b. Christians are much the same “What will people think or say about me” It is of no consequence what people say or think, it is more important what the Lord thinks of us!
“EQUIPPING MOSES FOR THE TASK”
Exodus.4:2-5. “WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR HAND?”
Moses replies “A ROD” (STAFF)
The Lord said, “THROW IT ON THE GROUND”
Nothing special about this Rod/Staff just an ordinary dead stick. When Moses obeyed the Lord it changed to a venomous snake, afraid Moses ran away from it.
Then the Lord said, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail”.
Extremely dangerous – Moses obeyed, instantly it turned back into his Staff/Rod.
THE SIGN OF A SURRENDERED HEART.
When you surrender to God what you thought was dead, lifeless, or of little use to God, it becomes alive and at times frightening. What is significant is when God chose an instrument for His service, it was a Shepherds Rod, not a Golden Sceptre. 1.Corinthians.1:26-31, v.27.
N.B In Moses hand the staff was only a shepherds rod, but when used AS GOD’S ROD IN A MAN’S SURRENDERED HAND IT BECAME A SYMBOL OF GOD’S OMNIPOTENT POWER!
Joshua.6:1-21. Rams horns. Judges.15:14-20. Samson – Donkey Jawbone
Judges.7:16-25. Gideon – Earthen vessels. 1.Samuel.17:31-58. David – Stone.
THE SIGN OF A CLEANSED HEART
Exodus.4:6-7. “Put your hand inside your cloak” Against his heart. Taking out his hand it had become leprous, as white as snow. (Leprosy used in Bible as sign of sin). “Now put it back into your cloak” Moses obediently did as commanded, then removes his hand and it is totally restored to wholeness.
When God cleansed Moses hand, it indicated his heart has also been cleansed. Good is telling Moses that it is with a cleansed Heart and Hand you will take this Rod and accomplish my will and work in Egypt. Luke.6:45, Matthew.12:35, and Psalm.51:10-11.
THE SIGN CONFIRMING GOD’S ANOINTING UPON MOSES
Exodus.4:8-9. Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the river (Nile) and pour it upon dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
It is important to note that these three signs are given to Moses to endorse his authority and stature to his people after he arrived in Egypt to lead them out of bondage to the promised land. The third sign if required would have the purpose of finally convincing the Israelites, that Moses was both genuine and the river that brought life and prosperity to all in Egypt would become sign of Moses anointing and God’s power and judgment upon the Egyptians, if Pharaoh refused to let them go. Exodus.7:14-25.
God always establishes His word out of the mouth of 2/3 witnesses, Moses had been given three signs to confirm his commission and authority to act in the name of God to his own people and Pharaoh. Deut.19:15 & 2. Cor.13:1.
MOSES LAST ATTEMPT TO AVOID HIS CALLING
Exodus.4:10-16. Moses says he cannot speak well or think quickly, the Lord immediately reminds him that it was He who made him and He will teach him the words to say. Then Moses asks to be excused, send someone else. Finally the Lord got angry with him, accepts no further excuses and also inform him that he will be met by Aaron his brother who will speak on his behalf.
“NOW YOU SHALL TAKE THIS ROD IN YOUR HAND, WITH WHICH YOU WILL DO THE SIGNS”. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! NO MORE EXCUSES!
Conclusion of Part.1. When God calls us to a ministry task. He provides the means for it to be accomplished. If anyone feels they are a failure in life, thinking it’s beyond our ability, God is more than able and can equip and enable us to do what we could never do in our own strength. Phil.4:13.
Pastor Terry Brinded