Shadowland: Redemption: Week 4
- 4:1 The concerns of Moses last time were born of the wisdom gained
from 40 years in the dessert. But now that God has fully addressed
them, Moses starts making excuses - beginning by contradicting what
God had just said in 3:18!
- 4:2 Ignoring the disrespectful question, God proceeds with His
The 3 Signs
As always, the signs have not only their immediate purpose, but are shadows
of things for Moses' (and our) instruction.
- 4:3,4 The rod is Moses support, a picture of God's supporting grace
that he will need to depend on for the upcoming task. Casting
away that support will leave him vulnerable to the Enemy. As
Pink says, "the secret of overcoming Satan lies in leaning … in
conscious weakness on our staff". Again, the rod is a type
of the future sceptre of Judah, which was cast to the ground
at the coming of Christ. Israel has been pursued by the Serpent
ever since - until they once more say, "Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the LORD!"
- 4:5,6 Leprosy speaks of sin. The hand is Moses instrument, as Moses
is God's instrument. Because of sin in the heart, the chosen
instrument is unfit for use - until cleansed by the power of God.
Again, Moses is a type of Christ who was sinless, but bore our
sin in his body, then was made whole again.
- 4:7 The Nile was the lifeblood of Egypt - but would also become
- 4:8,9 - A contingency plan if I ever heard one.
- 4:10 "Slow of speech" - Moses had not yet learned that being slow to speak
was a feature, not a bug! But Moses probably meant that Hebrew
was not his native tongue, and making speeches would be difficult.
- 4:11 This was no barrier to the God of both Babel and Pentecost.
- 4:12 "Now therefore go" - a direct command.
- 4:13 "Send someone else". God's decrees cannot be altered, but like
Jonah, Moses insists on a more difficult path. But, despite the
backtalk, in the end Moses obeyed God.
- 4:18 Still not believing what God said, Moses fails to mention
his meeting with God, or what God had promised to do.
- 4:19 God assures Moses that the threat on his own life is past.
- 4:21 God reiterates his instructions.
- 4:24-26 Apparently, there was a conflict between Moses and Zipporah
over circumsizing their son as the covenant required. Zipporah
was the one resisting, but it was Moses that God held responsible.
In Exodus 18:2, we learn that Moses sent her back to her father at this
- 4:27 "The LORD said to Aaron" -
1 Samuel 2:27
- 4:29 God accomplished the end result He had promised.