10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Even after the Lord showed Moses three different signs he could use to convince people he had truly been sent on a mission by the Lord, Moses continued to have misgivings. He told the Lord that he was not a good speaker.
The Lord reassured him telling him that he had given human beings their mouths that it was he that made them deaf or mute, gave them sight or made them blind. Once more he told Moses to be on his way.
Then Moses asked the Lord to send someone else. The Lord was angered by this. He had chosen Moses for the qualities he knew Moses had. Moses was not willing to use those abilities out of fear of not doing them well.
The Lord relented and told Moses that his brother Aaron the Levite was already on the way to see him and that Moses could have him do the speaking and that the Lord would provide the words for both to say. It is obvious, however, that Moses is still the chief emissary of the Lord because the Lord ordered him to take the staff so that he could perform the signs with it.
When I think about how Moses argued with God about his mission, it reminds me that we often have a clear course to follow for God but we don’t always follow that course. We too make excuses for not following the will of the Lord. In those situations, it would be better for us to pray for his aid in overcoming our limitations than to use those limitations to escape our obligations before God.
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