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Moses responds with fear and insecurity and makes excuse after excuse to prove why he is not the man for the job.
Obviously God knows otherwise and still sends Moses on his way, providing him Aaron as his leaning post.
Like a father teaching his son to ride a bike, however, God works with Moses, because he knows, more than Moses does, what Moses is able to do.
And the said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. - Exodus 4:21
Moses receives his instruction from the Lord and at the same time the Lord is speaking to Aaron to meet his brother. God made good on providing Aaron's support to Moses. Moses confidence in the Lord must have increased as he sees him stay true to His word.
In chapter 5 verse 1, Moses does not have to go before Pharaoh alone. Aaron is by his side as the Lord promised.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”now in response to this Pharaoh increases the hardship of the Hebrews and the people despise Aaron and Moses. Then in Chapter 6. we again see the Lord tell Moses to go before Pharaoh.
Moses is quickly back to his excuse-making ways. Still God for some reason, ( in chapter 7 verse 1) indulges in his whining.
So Moses And Aaron go before Pharaoh. perform a sign, and Pharaoh does not budge. The Lord tells Moses that in the morning, Moses will meet Pharaoh by the bank of the river and perform a miracle. this is the first plague. He says in verse 15
God clearly tells Moses that Moses will do it. so it is noteworthy to see in verse 19:
OK so the Lord tells Moses he will do it, and then instructs him to "say to Aaron". God is having Moses be the face, but Aaron is the mouth.
At the carrying out of the second plague, in chapter 8, a similar scenario is played out:
Moses is still needing Aaron's support. God is allowing Moses to use Aaron as a crutch, if only to fulfill God's own will. His will is perfect and will be executed.
Again, to carry out the third plague, God tells Moses to say to Aaron...
Three plagues in, and Moses still needs Aaron to speak for him because he himself is plagued- and that by fear.
Yet things take a small turn in carrying out the fourth plague:
And the said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water. Then say to him, ‘Thus says the : “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.God commands Moses to follow specific instructions. "...stand before pharaoh...then say to him..." Notice, this time, God does not say- "say to Aaron". God throws Moses a curve ball and tests him. Moses has of course, been before Pharaoh numerous times by this point. Is Moses still intimidated?
Moses follows God's instruction, and this time, he does it without whining an excuse of why he just can't. God sees that Moses is learning to trust, not himself, but solely in the power of Jehovah.
to be continued...