This is a weekly devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
Moses and his family traveled to Egypt at which time his brother Aaron met him. They revealed God’s plan to the Israelite elders, and then God told them to report to Pharaoh what God would tell them to say. Moses was obviously nervous about approaching Pharaoh and how he was going to react. Let’s see what happened.
Now when the Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron Threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. Exodus 6:28-7:13
God told Moses that He would tell him everything to say to Pharaoh. But how did Moses respond? He questioned why Pharaoh would listen to him especially since his speech was not eloquent. How many times has God laid it on your heart to speak to someone about Jesus, and you didn’t because you were sure that it would fall on deaf ears? Did it matter if the person chose not to listen? What mattered was that you disobeyed God.
God told Moses in advance that Pharaoh would turn a deaf ear. God hardened his heart so that He could punish Egypt for enslaving the Hebrews, God’s people.
I can’t fault Moses completely for his hesitation, because he was not a young man. Did you notice his and Aaron’s ages? Moses was eighty and Aaron was eighty-three. If God gave me such a difficult task to accomplish at the age of eighty, I probably would question him also. Remember, the Israelites had multiplied into a great nation, probably around one million people. I could go into a panic just thinking about what would lie ahead.
I wonder what Moses and Aaron were thinking when they saw Pharaoh’s magicians perform the same miracle as they had performed. Awe! But can you imagine the look on Pharaoh and the other men’s faces when Aaron’s staff swallowed their staffs?
Everything happened just as God said. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he refused to let the Israelites go.
It is very sad when someone sees the mighty works of God and knows He gave his son to die on the cross for his sins, yet the person is too stubborn or hardhearted to listen to or believe in His gift of salvation.
If you hear God speaking to you no matter if He is inviting you to accept His gift of salvation or if He has something He wants you to do, please don’t turn a deaf ear. Please don’t allow fear to paralyze you. Take one step toward God and he will be there to help you take the next step. Don’t place your focus on the difficult journey; keep your focus on the next step and on God.
May God go with you.