Exodus 4: 2-9
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.
5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. 7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. 8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
As we read these verses, we must be careful to remember that the Israelites are in Egypt, the land of many ‘g’ods. The Egyptians had goddesses of fertility, harvest, fate and used the serpent as a symbol of life and power. When Moses casted the staff down and it became a snake and was able to pick it up by the tail without the snake biting him , it symbolized that he had power over life and death.
Leprosy was an incurable disease at this time in history and when Moses’ hand is leprous like snow one moment and cured the next, it proved that he had power to cure what was known to be incurable.
Moses’ ability to take water from the Nile, pour it on the ground and the water turn to blood must have been simply mind blowing. Water was regarded as the source of life and productivity and Moses had power over these as well.
The reason Moses has power over all these things is because God has called him and God is with Him. “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD…’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).”
5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” We are able to see that Moses’ faith has grown as he even has the faith to do these things that God is asking him to do. The Lord is proving to Moses as well that He is God and has sufficient power to accomplish His purposes.
God’s purpose of “that they may believe” has not changed. “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” The Lord still holds all power and is doing great and mighty things!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.Ordinary people for extraordinary purposes!
What is in your hand and what is your availability?