Exodus 4* God gives Moses power to work miracles. (1-9) Moses is loth tobe sent, Aaron is to assist him. (10-17) Moses leaves Midian,God's message to Pharaoh. (18-23) God's displeasure againstMoses, Aaron meets him, The people believe them. (24-31)1-9 Moses objects, that the people would not take his word,unless he showed them some sign. God gives him power to workmiracles. But those who are now employed to deliver God'smessages to men, need not the power to work miracles: theircharacter and their doctrines are to be tried by that word ofGod to which they appeal. These miracles especially referred tothe miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ. It belonged to Him only,to cast the power of the devil out of the soul, and to heal thesoul of the leprosy of sin; and so it was for Him first to castthe devil out of the body, and to heal the leprosy of the body. 10-17 Moses continued backward to the work God designed himfor; there was much of cowardice, slothfulness, and unbelief inhim. We must not judge of men by the readiness of theirdiscourse. A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with aslow tongue. God sometimes makes choice of those as hismessengers, who have the least of the advantages of art ornature, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious.Christ's disciples were no orators, till the Holy Spirit madethem such. God condescends to answer the excuse of Moses. Evenself-diffidence, when it hinders us from duty, or clogs us induty, is very displeasing to the Lord. But while we blame Mosesfor shrinking from this dangerous service, let us ask our ownhearts if we are not neglecting duties more easy, and lessperilous. The tongue of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses,would make one completely fit for this errand. God promises, Iwill be with thy mouth, and with his mouth. Even Aaron, whocould speak well, yet could not speak to purpose, unless Godgave constant teaching and help; for without the constant aid ofDivine grace, the best gifts will fail. 18-23 After God had appeared in the bush, he often spake toMoses. Pharaoh had hardened his own heart against the groans andcries of the oppressed Israelites; and now God, in the way ofrighteous judgment, hardens his heart against the teaching ofthe miracles, and the terror of the plagues. But whether Pharaohwill hear, or whether he will forbear, Moses must tell him, Thussaith the Lord. He must demand a discharge for Israel, Let myson go; not only my servant, whom thou hast no right to detain,but my son. It is my son that serves me, and therefore must bespared, must be pleaded for. In case of refusal I will slay thyson, even thy first-born. As men deal with God's people, letthem expect so to be dealt with. 24-31 God met Moses in anger. The Lord threatened him withdeath or sent sickness upon him, as the punishment of his havingneglected to circumcise his son. When God discovers to us whatis amiss in our lives, we must give all diligence to amend itspeedily. This is the voice of every rod; it calls us to returnto Him that smites us. God sent Aaron to meet Moses. The morethey saw of God's bringing them together, the more pleasanttheir interview was. The elders of Israel met them in faith, andwere ready to obey them. It often happens, that less difficultyis found than was expected, in such undertakings as areaccording to the will of God, and for his glory. Let us butarise and try at our proper work, the Lord will be with us andprosper us. If Israel welcomed the tidings of their deliverance,and worshipped the Lord, how should we welcome the glad tidingsof redemption, embrace it in faith, and adore the Redeemer!
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