Aaron to Speak for Moses
28 And it came to pass on the day when the Lord spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,
29 That the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I am the Lord: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.
30 And Moses said before the Lord, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?
1And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
6 And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them, so did they.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s passage reminds us that Moses had misgivings about speaking to Pharaoh because of his “faltering lips” and that the Lord allowed him to have aid from his brother Aaron.
At the beginning of Exodus 7, we learn a little more about how their joint effort was to be made. We learn that Aaron will speak to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israelites go out of Egypt. Moses is to be like a God to Pharaoh. The Lord promises that he will harden Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen although many signs and wonders would be done. But the Lord also promised that in the end the people of Israel will be delivered out of Egypt and the Egyptians would know that he was Lord.
Moses and Aaron did as the Lord requested, going before Pharaoh when Aaron was 83 and Moses was 80 years old.
We know people were long-lived in these biblical times. It occurs to me that because they were long-lived, these men of old were able to acquire great wisdom from years of living while yet strong enough to carry out great deeds.
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