When I am weak, then am I strong with God

Exodus 4:1-16

Exodus 4:1

Those whom God sends are often slow to go, and yet men whom the Lord never sent push themselves into office eagerly.

Exodus 4:2, 3

This was a sign to him that though now a humble shepherd he would become so powerful as to terrify Pharaoh. The pastoral staff should be dreadful as a serpent.

Exodus 4:5

Here he learned that the power with which he was endowed while it would be as a terrible serpent towards Egypt, would be for himself and for Israel a harmless shepherd’s crook. Both the signs would encourage Moses.

Exodus 4:7, 8

This he saw that the Lord can both wither and restore. All who work for the Lord should remember this.

Exodus 4:9-13

By this reluctance Moses lost much honour, for Aaron became the high priest, and he obtained a helper who also proved to be a hindrance.

Jeremiah 1:6-9

It is interesting to note that other eminent prophets besides Moses have shrunk at first from their commission. We will read how Jeremiah did so.

Jeremiah 1:6-9

O Lord, grant that all thy ministers may have their mouths touched in the same manner.


Father of mercies, bow thine ear,

Attentive to our earnest prayer;

We plead for those who plead for thee,

Successful pleaders may they be!


Lord, how can sinful lips proclaim

The honours of so great a name!

O for thine altar’s glowing coal,

To touch their lips, and fire their soul.



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