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וְהָ֣אָדָ֔ם יָדַ֖ע אֶת־חַוָּ֣ה אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ וַתַּ֙הַר֙ וַתֵּ֣לֶד אֶת־קַ֔יִן וַתֹּ֕אמֶר קָנִ֥יתִי אִ֖ישׁ אֶת־יְהֹוָֽה׃

But Moshe spoke up and said, “What if they do not believe me and do not listen to me, but say: Hashem did not appear to you?” Exodus 4:1

In the classic movie “The Ten Commandments”, Charlton Heston played the part of Moses and turned aside to see the sight of the bush that burned but was not consumed. After that encounter,  he returned to Egypt, strode into the palace and told Aaron to cast Moses’ rod down that turned into a snake before Pharaoh. He boldly declared, “Let my people go”.
That command is still as valid today as it was all that time ago. Many people are in bondage and what is essential for their release from captivity is Divine intervention—a manifestation of the presence, power and glory of God. The ten plagues that struck Egypt were all directed against the idolatry and false gods of the people and if we look honestly and openly at our present world situation, little has really changed. The principles and the behaviour traits of people remain the same. It is not so much as a struggle between good and evil or light against dark as is often said, because of the events of Calvary. The real “war” is in the hearts and minds of people. God has given us the power of choice.
Moses had a choice. Pharaoh had a choice. You and I have a choice and the outcome depends on what we decide.

We usually think of those ten plagues and the opening of the Red Sea in the Exodus account, but before all that happened, the foundation was laid when moses saw something.

Now Moshe, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of Hashem.
An angel of Hashem appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed.
Moshe said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn’t the bush burn up?”
When Hashem saw that he had turned aside to look, Hashem called to him out of the bush: “Moshe! Moshe!” He answered, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not come closer. Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.
Exodus 3:1-5

Moses was called by God at his birth to fulfil a specific calling as we all are. You are not here by chance. The Bible tells us that he knew us when we were still in our mothers womb. God told Jeremiah that he had called him and ordained him to be a prophet before he was born. You too may have been called by God to achieve one special specific assignment, but for that to happen you will have to go through different phases or stages in your life before that assignment is accomplished. Moses spent 40 years in the courts of pharaoh, 40 years as a shepherd tending sheep that did not belong to him and 40 years in ministry. Moses the promised deliverer became Moses the murderer, then became Moses the shepherd before becoming the man who led God’s people free.

Moses was a prince, but he became a humble Shepherd before he became the man of God we know him to be. It is no accident that he spent three separate periods, each of 40 years duration. The number 40 in scripture refers to testing refining, training and probation. Whilst you or I may not have to be tested like that for 40 years, we do however need to be proved in some way.

Paul told Timothy:

Be committed to teach the believers all these things when you are with them in the presence of the Lord. Instruct them to never be drawn into meaningless arguments, or tear each other down with useless words that only harm others.
Always be eager to present yourself before God as a perfect and mature minister, without shame, as one who correctly explains the Word of Truth.
Avoid False Teachings And avoid empty chatter and worthless words, for they simply add to the irreverence of those who converse in that manner. 2 Timothy 2:14-16

Such maturity does not happen overnight. Nor is it achieved by study alone. To “rightly divide” the word of truth, we need to know the truth and because all scripture is given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we cannot properly understand a word without His help. The parable of the sower and the seed in Mark chapter 4 speaks about the word of God, and no one understood what Jesus was saying, including religious leaders, until he was alone with his disciples and other followers, to reveal the truth to them and no one else.

Jesus did not enter into His ministry until He was around 30 years of age. We are not told everything that happened between the age of 12 to then, but we do know that He was in training according to scriptures like Hebrews 5:8 that also speak of His obedience to the Father.

A personal relationship

Prior to entering into his ministry Moses needed to experience a personal encounter with God. He appeared to him in that burning bush—but Moses had to respond as we all need to do. Salvation is not automatic, simply because Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected. It must be accepted or appropriated and that is a personal choice every individual must make alone. Moses chose to investigate the phenomena and God was watching and waiting for his response as He does with us.

When Moses responded, God called him by his name. He knows us by name and he calls us by name. Our relationship is an individual and personal relationship with God. He does not want our ability, but our availability. He does not want our talents or formal training, but he can and often does make use of them—the ordinary, base and foolish things and Paul spoke of this in the first couple of chapters of 1 Corinthians.

The first thing that God told him to do was to give up his independence by telling him to remove his sandals and in so doing, Moses’ walk from that moment on changed forever. When we have an encounter with God, everything changes. There should be “evidence” or “fruit” and this is a biblical fact. Abram became Abraham. Jacob became Israel. Saul became Paul. My name is Robert but my family called me Bob. One day the Lord told me to use my proper name because He had called me into the ministry. Names are important.

When Saul of Tarsus who was a powerful and influential man, attended the best universities and Bible seminaries of his day was going to Damascus thinking that he was doing God’s will, Jesus stepped into his life. Saul did did not literally remove his sandal perhaps, but he had a similar approach. The first thing he said was, “What do you want me to do... Lord?” He made Jesus the Lord of his life, that means he abdicated the throne of his life.  At that point, both men were told what to do. We should respond in like manner.

On closer inspection, it seems that every one of us goes through a similar process. Jesus did not immediately enter into his ministry, but spent most of his life in preparation mode for a relatively short, three year ministry. Paul told Timothy not to lay hands suddenly on anyone. This has more than one meaning, but primarily, it means not to give a novice or someone who has not been appropriately trained in the school of the Holy Spirit a position of authority and responsibility. Wait until clear and precise instructions are received. It also relates to how we pray for others. Don’t be hasty in praying for other people. Sometimes it is best to pause. Stand back and wait to see if the Holy Spirit directs you. If not, we may pray amiss or in a “hit and miss” approach and waste time, become frustrated or disappointed and of course avoid such a common attitude of, “See...prayer does not work”.

Moses accepted the call, but did not know what to do. His main concern was that no one would believe him. This is a valid and legitimate concern and God knows that which is why he provides us with the appropriate tools to use to get the job done. It is necessary at times because others who should know better and are in the church look at us when we try saying that the Lord called us—that He spoke to us. There are strange people in the church of course, but the incredulous looks and behavioral responses of many “believers” often bordering on outright mockery, antagonism or opposition never cease to amaze me.

Such attitudes build up a wall or barrier that can and does hinder God’s plan. Perhaps Moses was aware of it and I say that because of his response. It was basically one of, “If I go there and try telling the people that You sent me, they will not believe me. What do I do?” Whilst that may be a valid question and God answered him by giving him three tools, or to be more precise, three signs, there is something there that we shall now discuss in depth.

Moses' rod

Our theme hinges around God’s plan to raise up a deliverer. Ultimately this deliverer was Jesus, but God was setting the stage and He chose a baby boy named Moses. The enemy tried to stop it happening by killing all newborn Hebrew boys. He failed. He tried to kill Jesus but failed. He may try to prevent you from fulfilling your destiny in God, but he will fail (if you keep on course with God).

NOW [Amram] a man of the house of Levi [the priestly tribe] went and took as his wife [Jochebed] a daughter of Levi.
And the woman became pregnant and bore a son; and when she saw that he was [exceedingly] beautiful, she hid him three months. And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark or basket made of bulrushes or papyrus [making it watertight by] daubing it with bitumen and pitch. Then she put the child in it and laid it among the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile].  And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.
Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked along the bank; she saw the ark among the rushes and sent her maid to fetch it. When she opened it, she saw the child; and behold, the baby cried. And she took pity on him and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children!
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call a nurse of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the girl went and called the child’s mother.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages. So the woman took the child and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she called him Moses, for she said, Because I drew him out of the water. Exodus 2:1-10.

It seems ironic that the despised one who was to deliver Israel was raised in the palace. Pharaoh’s daughter even paid his natural mother wages to care for him and all this was right under the nose of Pharaoh! When we are in covenant with God, we can be blessed even in the midst of our enemies. They can be dropping like flies in a plague whilst we are untouched.

Something interesting happened to God’s deliverer. The bible says that when he was grown up, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and became incensed enough to slay the Egyptian. This raises some questions. Was he aware of his Hebrew heritage and if so, did he act prematurely by killing the man? Moses the deliverer became Moses the murderer.

I wonder how many good and well-meaning Christians receive a vision or call of God and act prematurely?

Moses' hand

God then told Moses to put his hand underneath his bosom, or cloak. The hand speaks of what we do, and God told him to put it close to his heart. When he did, putting everything near and dear to him close to his heart, everything representing the natural, it became leprous. Leprosy represents sin in the Bible. It speaks of the old nature and the old nature of man, without a divine encounter, or conversion is sinful. It had to be covered. When our sin is covered and dealt with by the blood of Jesus, it is no longer leprous. When God later told him to remove his hand it became normal.

When God deals with the sin issue in our lives, it is dealt with, never to return. We do not need, nor should we continue to seek forgiveness. The change that happens in our lives then becomes our “normal”. What this means to us is a total change in our life.

When we have a real encounter with the Lord, the old life dies, is put to death, is buried and resurrected as it were.

One way we look on this is by believers’ baptism. That does not “save us”, nor does it mean we are “baptized into a church, because it is an act of identifying ourselves with the Lord. Infants cannot “repent and believe” because this is an act of obedience and the bible reveals that God Commandeth every man to repent (acts 17:30). The bible speaks of fruits of repentance and this is our message of reconciliation.

Since we are those who stand in holy awe of the Lord, we make it our passion to persuade others to turn to him. We know that our lives are transparent before the God who knows us fully, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences. Again, we are not taking an opportunity to brag, but giving you information that will enable you to be proud of us, and to answer those who esteem outward appearances while overlooking what is in the heart.
If we are out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy, it is for God, but if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us.
This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. So then, from now on, we have a new perspective that refuses to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances. For that’s how we once viewed the Anointed One, but no longer do we see him with limited human insight.
Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and he has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.” For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

We may often think only of the rod turning into the snake and his hand becoming leprous and may forget that God gave him three signs.

The third sign

The third sign was for Moses was to take some water out of the Nile when he was still on the mountain and nowhere near the river itself. As I pondered over this, it is evident that God sees things differently to us. We focus on time and things in the natural realm,  but God is a spirit as are we, so we should start looking at things from the realm of the spirit and not in the natural realm and that takes training. It also takes a measure of faith. God sees things as already done and pictured Moses dipping a container into the water and throwing his rod down whilst the man was covering his face and taking his sandals off in front of the burning bush. God sees things as though they were...

The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. – Exodus 4:21

These signs were to be performed before Pharaoh before the ten plagues came. To do that, Moses needed to enter the court where the priests, magicians, guards, scribes and other people gathered. God gave a specific message to them that had great meaning.

A question arises about these three signs given at their “rehearsal” at the burning bush. In the passage in Exodus 4 when God gave Moses the signs, He told Moses to demonstrate the first two signs right then and there, which Moses did, but He did not tell Moses to demonstrate the third sign, turning water into blood. Why did God make Moses practice the first two signs but not the third?

To understand the significance of these three signs for Pharaoh and his Egyptian advisers, we should look at what they might have meant in the context of the Egyptian culture and beliefs of that time. The message of the signs would only have real impact if Pharaoh could easily comprehend it.

The Power of a Staff-Snake

The first sign was turning Moses’ staff into a snake and then back into a staff. Snakes symbolized magic and protection in Egypt and it was common for Egyptian gods to be depicted holding snake-wands. For example, a statuette found by archaeologists in the Ramasseum in Egypt depicts a female sau, a type of sorceress, who could provide magical protection. This statuette holds a snake-wand in each hand. 

Perhaps turning Moses’ staff into a snake served to mock the powers of Egyptian sorcery, emphasized when the staff devoured the staff-snakes of the magicians of Egypt in Exodus 7:12.

With this sign, Moses and Aaron demonstrated that the power of God was greater than the power of Egyptian sorcery, even if it cold be real. God has not changed and so regardless of what “powers” the enemy appears to possess. James tells us to submit to God and resist the devil. We can’t do that unless we are capable of it. Paul stated that the God of peace shall bruise the devil beneath our feet. There is one simple reason for this supremacy and it is because Jesus Is Lord! This is an amazing study. Adam was created to be God’s vice-regal agent on the earth and Adam sold out, but the Second Adam came to bring full restoration and cried out triumphantly tele? on the cross—it is finished!

The meaning of leprosy

According to Sir James Frazer, author of the classic on ancient pagan religion The Golden Bough, Egyptians believed that leprosy afflicted sinners, in particular those who sinned by eating the flesh of a sacred animal (Golden Bough Ch. 49 section 4). It this ‘sin’ that Moses told Pharaoh the Israelites were going to commit by bringing animal offerings to God in the desert. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and told them to go and bring their offerings to their God in the land. Moses replied:

It is not proper to do so, for we will offer the deity of Egypt to Hashem our God. Behold, if we were to slaughter the deity of Egypt in their sight, will they not stone us? Exodus 8:21-22

This second sign, like the first, was a mockery of Ancient Egyptian beliefs. What Moses said was that it is Hashem, not the offended Egyptian deities, who determines who does and does not have leprosy—who is and who is not considered a sinner is in the hands of the God of Israel alone.

The Nile


The river Nile was worshiped as a god by the Egyptians. It was seen as the giver and sustainer of all life because of Egypt’s dependence on the rising tides of the Nile for economic well-being.

Moses’ third sign of  turning water into blood  was not about just any water,because God had specifically told Moses to take some water from the river in Exodus 4:9 and turn it into blood.

The river refers to the Nile and Moses could not “rehearse the sign” while standing at the burning bush – somewhere in the Sinai peninsula as he did with the other two.

The significance was not to turn water into blood, but to turn the Nile into blood as this was a direct affront to Pharaoh’s Egyptian pagan beliefs. Especially since the Egyptians saw Pharaoh himself as the human embodiment of the creator and protector of the Nile.


The plagues

It is not my intention to comment on the plagues themselves. The primary purpose of the ten plagues was not the salvation of the people of Israel from Egypt—that could have been accomplished without them. The purpose of the plagues was the refutation of the gods of Egypt in the eyes of the Egyptians. 

I shall harden Pharaoh’s heart and I shall multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. Pharaoh will not heed you, and I shall put My hand upon Egypt. And Egypt shall know that I am God, when I stretch out My hand over Egypt. Exodus 7:3-5

It is evident from scriptures that God raised up Pharaoh to reveal His glory. We also know that God puts one man down, so we might be able to look at key positions such as heads of state in that light. The president or prime minister of a country may then be there because God either permitted it or wants that person to hold office.

We know of course that man still has freedom of choice, but even so, rather than praying”against” a certain situation or person, would it not be wiser to pray for that person and ask God for understanding? Ask Him the purpose.

This whole Exodus account may have much more meaning to us today than we think. This gives me an opportunity now to think of our own imminent Exodus and ask, “How ready are you?”

A man of words

Earlier on, I mentioned something that I would return to. In that encounter with God on the mountain. The following  is the account in question:
But Moshe said to Hashem, “Please, O Hashem, I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now that You have spoken to Your servant; I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
And Hashem said to him, “Who gives man speech? Who makes him dumb or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Hashem?
Now go, and I will be with you as you speak and will instruct you what to say.”
But he said, “Please, O Hashem, make someone else Your agent.”
Hashem became angry with Moshe, and He said, “There is your brother Aharon the Levite. He, I know, speaks readily.
Even now he is setting out to meet you, and he will be happy to see you.
You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth—I will be with you and with him as you speak, and tell both of you what to do and he shall speak for you to the people. Thus he shall serve as your spokesman, with you playing the role of Hashem to him, and take with you this rod, with which you shall perform the signs.”
Exodus 4:10-17

Someone else

It is often said that Moses stuttered, but I doubt that.

The word slow refers to being labored or heavy and I think from the conversation that he did not think of himself as a great orator—a man who was not very eloquent. He had spent 40 years in the wilderness talking to sheep!

He made excuses. God had appeared to him and he made excuses.

God gave him two supernatural signs with the promise of a third and he made excuses!

To paraphrase, “I saw the signs. I know how my arm felt when it turned leprous, but don’t send me. I can’t do it”.

That made God angry! He answered, “who do you think you are? I made man. I give him speech. I give man sight. I am the creator. Don’t you dare tell me you can’t.”

Moses argued with God again. “Don’t send me. Send someone else.”

That made God angry again! Never think that God never gets angry! He does! His anger however is not like ours. It is righteous.

I have only seen the Lord’s anger twice in my life. One was when it as like He was speaking through clenched teeth with the opening words, “How dare they! How dare they!” He was referring to how believers say that the devil was attacking them and stated that such an attitude is “As good as telling Him that “Calvary was not good enough”. The other time was when the Lord took me for  45 minute visit to hell where He showed me preachers there, “Because they did not preach truth”. I suspect that there are other occasions, but cannot comment on them, other than to refer you to the time Jesus cleansed the Temple.

There are unchanging spiritual principles and truths here that we cannot afford to discount.

Also do not think that we should not get angry.

Paul told us about keeping our spirits and minds renewed and putting off the old man, to put on the new regenerated nature in Ephesians chapter four. It deserves mention here.

If you really listened to him and were instructed about him, then you learned that since what is in Yeshua is truth, then, so far as your former way of life is concerned, you must strip off your old nature, because your old nature is thoroughly rotted by its deceptive desires; and you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed, and clothe yourselves with the new nature created to be godly, which expresses itself in the righteousness and holiness that flow from the truth. |
Therefore, stripping off falsehood, let everyone speak truth with his neighbor, because we are intimately related to each other as parts of a body.
Be angry, but don’t sin—don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; otherwise you leave room for the Adversary.
The thief must stop stealing; instead, he should make an honest living by his own efforts. This way he will be able to share with those in need.
Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them.
Don’t cause grief to God’s Ruach HaKodesh, for he has stamped you as his property until the day of final redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, violent assertiveness and slander, along with all spitefulness. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted; and forgive each other, just as in the Messiah God has also forgiven you. Ephesians 4:21-32

Moses’ attitude aroused God’s anger, but, interestingly, God already knew beforehand and told the man that Aaron was coming to help him. If He has called someone to perform a task, God already knows ahead of time what will eventuate. This reinforces my belief that any person with a legitimate call of God on his or her life is: 9a) called, (b) equipped, (c) ordained and (d) dispatched on the assignment. Self-appointed and church appointed people do not really meet the criteria.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, called him by name, gave him supernatural signs, gave him his assignment knowing that he would need help and such help was already coming when Moses started to make feeble excuses.

This is totally different to deliberately refusing to accept an assignment and I pity those who are in that category, because from what I have learned, on most occasions, their lives are a mess. When someone tells God no, they are not interested, it seems to me that it is a form of rebellion. From what I have observed, it seems that everything they touch turns to dust. The reason is that God “backs off” as they had made their choice.

Sh’mu’el said, “Does Adonai take as much pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying what Adonai says?
Surely obeying is better than sacrifice, and heeding orders than the fat of rams.
“For rebellion is like the sin of sorcery, stubbornness like the crime of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of Adonai, he too has rejected you as king... 1 Samuel 15:22-23

Jesus stated:

This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. Matthew 12:30

Moses kept arguing and debating the issue whilst the very help he needed was already coming down the road. God knew ahead of time what would happen, yet still offered the man a choice and He still does that to us today. We choose to follow Jesus. We choose to worship. We choose to pray. We choose to study God’s word and we choose to listen to His voice and follow Him, or go our own way. We choose all kinds of things that make us who we are and I have obesrved that on most occasions when someone refuses compliance, everything they touch seems to turn to dust.

I wonder what might have happened if Moses never made such excuses, immediately complied and got on with the job. Would we have witnessed a greater demonstration of God somehow? That’s wild guessing I suppose and we do not know. This is more important than we may think, because when someone denies his or her call in life by God, they go elsewhere and there is more than one outcome. The task may never be done and if that is the case, other peoples’ lives may be at stake. Someone could go to a Christ-less eternity because another person rejected that call. I know from personal experience that this happens.  I never ask anyone for an opportunity to preach. If God wants it, that is another matter and we receive many invitations to minister but it is my policy to never go unless the Lord says so. When He tells me to go, I do. My wife and I received such an invitation and the Lord told us to go. We made all necessary arrangements and went to the airport to pick up the tickets supposedly waiting for us. I made the bookings, but the Lord told me not to pay for them! On our arrival, the tickets were indeed there, but not paid for. We watched the airplane leave and rather bewildered asked him what to do. He said to stay at a nearby hotel and return the next day, which we did. The tickets were there again, but no on had paid for them, so we returned home and that meeting never happened. Some time later, we discovered that one person had refused to pay...twice. We do not know what might have happened.

Another possibility is that God may have to appoint a substitute and as a result, what I dub as “second best” is achieved.

Any “second best” is just what it says. Moses may have been capable of doing the job alone, but did not know it. On the other hand, he may have needed an assistant because of the sheer size and scope of the ministry and God knew that also, but imagine someone other than Aaron applying for the job. This is real and it happens too often in churches today when someone covets (and I say that delberately) the position of a pastor; a church advertises for someone for a position, he applies, has an interview and is selected...

God has a vision for a certain place and that vision requires a man that God chooses, not man. We are to recognize the call and the hand of God on that person, but anyone else??? There is a principle whereby God “separates” those He chooses for specific tasks.

The Greek word is aphorizō, that means to exclude. That means everyone else is excluded and is not to be picked. It also means to get rid of! The meaning there should be self explanatory. Of particular interest also are the meanings to appoint, to set aside for a specdial or particular task or function, such as a ministry office.
Please weigh this up by looking at Matthew 13:49, 25:32; Luke 6:22; Romans 1:1 and Galatians 1:15

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has an active part to play in the selection process.

One time when they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Ruach HaKodesh said to them, “Set aside for me Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul for the work to which I have called them.” After fasting and praying, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.  So these two, after they had been sent out by the Ruach HaKodesh, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. Acts 13:2-4

No mention is made of  them having to hold the ministry credentials and ordination certificates we often demand today. There is good reason of course, but the real qualifications for ministry come from above! From what I can ascertain, both Moses and Aaron had no formal training  for the ministry. I suspect that Moses had very little religious training. He was raised in the courts of Egypt, knowing nothing other than the false gods of Egypt and how to look after another man’s sheep.

Pastors look after someone else’s sheep! It would seem that all Aaron know was how to make mud bricks, so he had no qualifications that we seem to depend on today. I studied at two bible colleges and studied for a doctorate only to discover that such things do not necessarily mean a thing. Actually, I find that they are a more of a hindrance, because they are intellectually based, usuelly lacking inreal faith and are not always reliant on the Holy Spirit to properly and fully equip us.

This leads me to interesting questions, because if the Holy Spirit did not come to us as we understand it on the Day of Pentecost, what prompted Aaron to find Moses? How did he find him? When did he embark on his own journey and how long did it take him? There are all kinds of variables there. Perhaps you are “an Aaron”, wondering what to do next. Perhaps God has been trying to get your attention.

There are answers to these questions.

The spirit of a man is the lamp of ōōōōōōōō,
Searching all his inmost parts Proverbs 20:27

For you, Adonai, light my lamp;
Adonai, my God, lights up my darkness. Psalm 18:29 (read the entire Psalm)


I commenced this with a discourse on the three signs that God gave Moses and elaborated on that. I then discussed how this applies to us today and this is very reletant to us today. God asked Moses what he had in his hand. It was a rod or staff. Today, God could well ask you the same question, namely, “What have you got that I can use?” You might not think that you are anyone special but I say you are. You may say that you have made too many mistakes but who hasn’t made a mistake? You may well state that all I speak about is “OK for you Robert. You are a preacher. I am not and do not want to be one.” Good! Don’t try to enter the ministry unless you know for absolute certainty that God has asked you to do that. Just be who you are. All He really asks is this:

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways, Proverbs 23:26

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