9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”
12 But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”
Sssssooooo…the people did not listen to Moses. The Lord tells Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt” and guess what? Moses is back to “no one will listen to me, I have faltering lips. You now have proof, I can’t do this! If my own people will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh?”
As I read, Proverbs 18:21 kept coming to my heart and mind, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We not only have a problem with listening but sometimes our mouths get to going as well. What I saw in these verses as I read them this time is that the fruit of our mouths is found in others as well, not just ourselves.
God has prepared Moses for this work. Moses struggled with accepting this assignment for the very start but had done what we all must do and submitted and surrendered to God’s will. He has already made one appearance before Pharaoh. Pharaoh heard God’s message but did not let the Israelites go. This was not because of Moses and Aaron’s delivery but Pharaoh’s pride and arrogance, believing that he was god. So much so that he put the Israelites under additional harsh labor. But the outcome and additional work is not the result of Moses and Aaron’s delivery of the message.
Moses questioned God about Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Jews go and the additional harsh treatment put upon them. God gave Moses the comfort and assurance he needed to continue in this journey. Moses walks out in God’s divine assignment and what does he encounter. What is his next obstacle? The people. They would not receive Moses’ report from the Lord and he is back to square one.
Discouraged and beaten down not by Pharaoh or any of his men but by the refusal of the very people he has come to rescue- refusal to listen and no doubt the words on their tongue in stating so. One can only imagine how those conversations went but Exodus 5:21 gives us an idea.
The difference it would have made for Moses to go to the people and find acceptance of God’s Word, encouragement in his assignment, blessings for bringing the message and not giving up of their delivery. What a difference it would have made to come to the people and speak life and receive life from their hearts and tongue. Just a couple of images to help us today.
Blessings to you today!