The scene has been set, and the story of Exodus continues. Chapters 3 and 4 describe God’s calling on Moses’s life. Moses, now a shepherd serving his new father-in-law, is out watching his flock when he notices a flame within a bush that was not consuming the plant. Through this sign God confronts Moses and reveals His plan for rescuing the Israelites from the Egyptians. However, fear grips Moses when God conveys his role: to confront Pharaoh and lead the Hebrew people to the land flowing with milk and honey (a phrase describing prosperity). This fear led Moses to debate with God: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (3:11); “What should I tell them?” (3:13); “What if they won’t believe me?” (4:1); “I have never been eloquent…because I am slow and hesitant in speech” (4:10); “Please, Lord, send someone else” (4:13). With every objection, God proves that He is in control and has a plan. What areas in your life cause you anxiety and lead you to question whether God truly is in control? Take some time to reflect and be comforted by signs that God gives Moses in Exodus 3-4. In what ways do you need to improve your trust in God?
Exodus 4:24-26 deserves some explanation. As we just witnessed, Moses’s relationship with God had a shaky start, and these verses give another example of Moses learning what God requires and his need to trust Yahweh. At this time, one of the physical signs of having a relationship with God was circumcision. Genesis 17:14 stated that one who was not circumcised was “to be cut off.” This explains Zipporah’s statement which concludes these verses. She is saying, “you are now one of God’s chosen and will not be cut off.” Moses had to learn how to trust God with even the things that seem insignificant, and we need to do the same.