There are so many simple profound and practical lessons in the Word of God and as we study the call of Moses and everything that surrounded that call there are principles which can greatly help us in whatever leadership role we have in life.
It is possible to overlook ignore or miss the lessons and become wounded. That is why we have this Word. We do not need to be wounded in this way. There will be plenty of other wounds which we have to bear and which we are meant to bear.
After arguing with Almighty God, God tells Moses that he is appointing Aaron to be the mouthpiece. You will be the one with authority - you will carry the rod - you will be God to Aaron - you will tell him what to say - and you will put words in his mouth. You can check out all this in Exodus Chapter 4. Do read it. There is nothing but teaching and blessing in these words.
Aaron must have been very gracious indeed to have accepted all this from his wee brother. Moses was three years younger.
Just how do we react and respond when God calls in a very real and significant way?
At verse 18, we read that Moses went back to his father in law Jethro, and made a strange request, but Moses had the full approval of his father-in-law.
O to have the approval and commendation of parents when you are in the work of God wherever possible. That is a bonus - not many experience that - and we need all the bonuses going! Later, he advises Moses with good sound advice.
"You go - my blessing be upon you - peace be with you - go in harmony. "
Moses gets ready to leave for Egypt - the sign on the authority of God is in his hand - but then problems arise - they usually do. Have you found that? You have just been richly blessed and suddenly the situation changes!
Moses is reminded that he is going to have problems with Pharaoh. We need to remember that in all of this if Egypt represents a type of sin, then Pharaoh is a picture of the devil, and when we are on the business of Almighty God we are sure going to have problems with him. When we minister in the love of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, some will harden their hearts against us.
One of these recurring themes in these next seven chapters is “Go and you will be prevented and hindered!" That too is so strange but again it happens to be true in our experiences throughout life.
The new Pharaoh proved to be worse that the previous one who had sought to kill Moses. But Moses is told what to say, and what to do. The life of the man of God whether it is Moses - or David - or Elijah - or Peter or Paul - is seldom easy and straightforward.
Zipporah, Moses wife, did not like his Hebrew religion, and they had an argument over circumcision. Moses had married outside the family of faith, and that always ends with real problems. Had he compromised over the years on this important matter? For the sake of peace in his shepherd's household had he not pressed this point? It never pays to compromise.
The sign of the covenant had been neglected. It had to be faced and it is always harder to face later on if it has been compromisingly overlooked for a few years.
Moses was going to the people of God - as their leader - with uncircumcised sons.
Zipporah cuts the flesh of her sons - and cuts Moses heart with her tongue - “You bloody husband".
It is sad when someone so near and dear is antagonistic to the faith and it can cause casualties in the Kingdom of God.
The principle is - Moses, put things right before you go and seek to do this massive task for God. It is always better to stand for the principle at the beginning - no matter what the cost - but sometimes we do not know these principles at the beginning.
It cost Moses pain and loneliness, and it cost Zipporah from seeing the Hand of God mightily at work - because she did not go with her husband.
But he went and that is important.
With Aaron there is the reaction of affection. He tells Aaron everything, and reading between the lines you can almost hear Zipporah - “O you can get your brother to be with you to hold your hand".
It is significant that Moses and Aaron met at the spot of the burning bush. On they went to Egypt.
It was an important point - an important place - an important time - an important moment - an important experience. It was a historical turning point.
When the elders of the people gathered, everything was explained and the signs were performed and they believed. When they heard they worshipped.
God was visiting His people to rescue them. When they had been crying to Him in their prayers, He had been listening to even although they are unaware of it.
Unknown to them - He had been at work - He had seen - He had listened - He was there.
When God sees the need and decides to act - you worship - and in Christ Jesus not only has He visited us - but He has come to stay.
God got His way with Moses. When God calls and commissions you must go, even though you die. We are involved in the greatest work in the world, and we do not know all he is doing behind the scenes.
His word to us in this passage is - Go on - Do what you were told to do.
Two questions always arise. Dare I undertake this task? Dare I not undertake this task?
We are distinct from the world - our hearts being circumcised - and filled with the Holy Spirit.
At the end of all that, we see the Lord God Almighty and His Power and Peace flowing through these two men of God.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.