Moses begins objecting to his mission first by telling the Lord that nobody will believe that He has spoken to him. God answers this one by showing him signs, and telling him of more that He will show him (verses 2-9). He continues to object in verse 10 that he is not eloquent in speech, to which the Lord replies that He will be his mouth and teach him what to say (verse 12). Then, Moses just tells God what is on his mind – he doesn’t want to do it! He angers the Lord when he asks God to send someone else (verse 13), and He tells Moses that his brother Aaron, the Levite, will speak for him, and that Moses “shall be as God to him” (verse 16).
With those seeking his life dead now (verse 19), God tells him he can return to Egypt; and Moses goes back to let his father-in-law, Jethro, know that he will no longer be tending his sheep. God sends Aaron “into the wilderness” to meet him, in order to hear what the lord has said. Aaron and Moses go back and gather the elders, and tell the people all that had happened – showing them the signs. They believed, and “they bowed their heads and worshiped” (verses 29-31).
Much time can (and has) been spent, and even wasted, puzzling over verses 24-26. Both the text and its timing can be confusing. Whenever we come across one of the few passages in scripture that are just that way for us, we always want to ask ourselves the same question. What about the passage is important as it relates to serving the Lord, and therefore, salvation? That criteria will usually help us move on. In this case, all we know for certain is that for whatever reason, Moses had not (at the time that verse 25 refers to) circumcised at least one of his sons. The important point is that Moses’ house was fully following the Lord’s commandments before he went to Egypt to carry out God’s will.
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