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.
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.
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.
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.
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.