FROM THE PULPIT: God is with you every step of the way

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 04:52 AM.

Editor’s Note: This concludes the story of Moses, his excuses and God's replies. Parts one and two appeared in the Sept. 14 and 21 editions of the News Bulletin.

To recap: Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian guard. While away, he met a beautiful woman, married her, had several children, tended her father’s sheep and was comfortable. One day, he saw a talking enflamed bush that wasn’t burning — a sight right out of “The Twilight Zone.” It turns out, God wanted Moses to return to Egypt to free the slaves. Moses offered many excuses to disobey God’s command, but God countered each one.

And now, the story continues...

Moses tried one last excuse: “God, you know I don’t speak well; I stutter. I have ever since I was a child. I have all kinds of thoughts — good ones — but can’t speak well enough to get them across. I’m no good at public speaking — and don’t tell me to picture people in just their loin cloths; it doesn’t help. It actually makes me more nervous.”

God started to reply, but Moses jumped in and cut him off. “You know my brother, Aaron. Well, Aaron can sing like an angel. Why don’t you send him instead? Not me. Please?” 

God was ready with a lightning bolt, but kept himself in check. “OK, Moses,” God said. “I will make a deal with you: I’ll send the two of you off together. I am going to give you my words, you are going to give my words to Aaron, and Aaron will speak my words. As this happens, the Pharaoh will eventually hear my demands and let my people go.”

Moses finally ran out of excuses and did as God had said. 

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