What's Your Excuse?
God Appeals to Moses:
4:3 it became a snake The rod and serpent were two symbols well recognized in Egypt: The rod was a symbol of authority; the snake was the patron deity (goddess) of Lower Egypt (the Delta region).
When Moses performs this act in Pharaoh’s presence, Pharaoh has his magicians imitate it (7:8–13). However, the serpent of God consumes the Egyptian snakes and returns to its original state as a rod. While Pharaoh was not convinced (3:20), the demonstration indicated to the Israelites that Moses had been called by God (vv. 30–31).
The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.”
3 Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.
4 But the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—
God used Moses’ rod to do great things. In fact, the rod became known as “the rod of God” (Exodus 4:20; 17:9). It was prominent in a miracles of a snake (Exodus 9:23; 10:13), in opening the Red Sea (Exodus 14:16); in bringing water from a rock (Exodus 17:5, 6); and in the victory over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8–13). We may appraise the rod as nothing special but yielded to God it can become great and powerful. The lad with a few fish and buns saw this happen. Our biggest problem is not having enough, but lack of surrender and submission.
Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
11 The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
12 “Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”
Aaron to Be Moses’ Mouthpiece
14 Then the anger of the LORD burned against Moses
that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”