Signs for Moses
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
2 And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
4 And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
5 That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
6 And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Moses questioned the Lord as to how he would make the Israelites believe him and listen to him, God provides him with some wonders that he can use to prove that the Lord truly appeared to him.
He told Moses to throw his staff on the ground and it became a snake. He told Moses to pick up the snake by the tail and when he did, the snake again became a staff.
He also asked Moses to put his hand inside your cloak. When Moses took the hand back out it was leprous. After putting his hand back in and pulling it out once more the hand was restored to healthy flesh.
The Lord told him if the Israelites did not believe the first sign, they might listen to the second. He then provided one more sign in case the first two did not work, telling Moses to pour water from the Nile upon the ground and it would turn to blood.
How patient God was with Moses. God knew that he could provide Moses with whatever proof he might need to convince others that Moses had been sent by the Lord but he knew that Moses needed reassurance so he gave that reassurance to him, knowing it would be easier for Moses to set out to do the task if he understood how well the Lord would help him.
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