Exodus 4 Outline
– God gave Moses the ability to perform signs to convince the people (Exodus 4:1-9)
– Moses complained he is not an eloquent speaker (Exodus 4:10-13)
– God became angry at Moses and he said Aaron will act as his speaker (Exodus 4:14-17)
– Moses asked his father in law for permission to go back to Egypt (Exodus 4:18)
– God will harden Pharaoh’s heart and killed his firstborn son eventually because he refused to let the Israelites go (Exodus 4:19-23)
– Zipporah saved Moses’ life by circumcising her son (Exodus 4:24-26)
– Moses met with Aaron in the desert (Exodus 4:27-28)
– Moses and Aaron had a meeting with the elders and the Israelites believed in their message (Exodus 4:29-31)
Exodus 4 Summary
Moses argued with God that the Israelites would say that God did not appear to him. Then God asked Moses what is in his hand and Moses replied a staff. God instructed Moses to throw the staff on the ground and the staff turned into a snake. God instructed Moses to pick up the snake by its tail and it turned back into the staff. After that, God instructed Moses to put his hand inside his cloak. Moses did and his hand turned leprous and was white as snow. God told Moses that he can take some water and pour it out on the ground and it will become blood if the Israelites did not believe in the first 2 miracles.
Again, Moses complained he wasn’t an eloquent speaker and he was slow in speaking. God said he is the one who give man a mouth and the one who makes a man deaf or mute and the one who gives a man sight. Moses pleaded with God to send someone else to do it. God was furious against Moses and he said his brother, Aaron was on the way to meet him. God told Moses that his brother will be happy to see him. Aaron will be Moses’ assistant and act as his mouth. Moses will act like God to Aaron.
Later, Moses returned home and asked his father in law for permission to return to Egypt. Jethro wished Moses well on the trip to Egypt. When on the way to Egypt, God met Moses and nearly killed him but Zipporah used a flint knife to remove the foreskin of his son and touch Moses’ feet. She said Moses was a bridegroom of blood to him. Then, God changed his mind about killing Moses. Moses met Aaron after that and assembled the elders of the Israelites. Aaron told the people everything God said and he performed the signs. The Israelites believed. They bowed down to worship God when they heard God cared about them and had seen their affliction.
Exodus 4 Bible Study
1. Miracles confirm the gospel
God let Moses have the ability to perform miracles so that the Israelites would believe in him. Paul and Peter and other apostles and many God’s servants perform miracles so that the gospel message can be confirmed. In Mark 16:17-18, those who believe in Jesus will perform miraculous signs. They will cast out demons in Jesus name, speak in new tongues, pick up snakes with their hands, drink deadly poisons, place their hands on sick people and they will recover.
2. Believe in God
Moses doubted in God. He doubted that he is not the person to carry out the task that God want him to do. God had told Moses that he will be with him but Moses still doubt in him. We must stop doubting in God but put all our faith in him. In Hebrews 11:6, it is impossible to please God without faith. He that come to God must believe that he is a rewarder of them who seek him.
3. Press forward to your goals and not look back
Moses had lost his confidence after he was rebuked and condemned by the Israelite when he tried to reconcile the two Israelites. Moses still dwell in the past and this made him lost his confidence. We should forget what is in the past and move forward to other goals in life. If you look back, your life will be stagnant and the devil will have opportunity to attack you. We should not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27) for the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
4. Don’t compromise
God met Moses when he was on the way to Egypt. God was about to kill Moses when his wife, Zipporah used a flint knife to circumcised his son. Moses compromised by not circumcising his son, which is a necessary requirement, according to the covenant God made to Abraham. We should not compromise by disobeying God’s commandment in any way (Hebrews 10:26; John 14:15).
5. God’s plan for Moses fulfilled
Moses finally went to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh. Previously, Moses tried to act as a deliver for the Israelites but it wasn’t God’s timing yet so the circumstance made him went away to Midian. There is a time and season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Every incident that happened is part of God’s will. God always carry out his plan at the right time.