Scripture Read: Exodus 4- 5
Title: Moses Goes Back to Egypt
(H) Highlight verse: "Who has made a man's mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you should say." Ex. 4:11, 12
(E) Explain: God commissions Moses to go back to Egypt and confront Pharaoh and ask him to let the Hebrew people go to the desert for three days and worship God. Moses was overwhelmed with God's commissioning and gives excuse after excuse as to why he couldn't do what God was telling him to do. He tells God, the people will never listen to him and he was not a gifted speaker. God assured Moses that he would be with him and give him the words to say. God would empower Moses to perform miraculous signs and miracles as a sign to prove to all that God was with him. Moses did as he was told. When he talked to the king of Egypt, he was displeased, so he doubled the workload of the Hebrews and in response the Hebrews got angry with him as well.
(A) Application: When God calls or commissions us to do something, He will give us the ability to accomplish it. The task was overwhelming and next to impossible for Moses to accomplish, but God was with him.God and give him the ability to do it. Sometimes we, like Moses, are called or commissioned by God to do some outlandish tasks and we feel overwhelmed. So we argue with God or give Him excuses as to why we can't do what He is telling us to do. The truth is God doesn't need to hear our excuses, he knows our limits, He just needs us to be obedient and open to Him. Even when we think we can't accomplish what he is calling us to do, He already has it figured out and He will give us the power to accomplish the task.
(R) Respond: Lord, help me to be obedient and respond to you in obedience and openness when you call me.
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