Unnecessary Signs

followFollow Me: Deliverance[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 4:1-9 [2]

Moses is standing before a being speaking from the midst of a fire that burns but does not consume. The being identifies himself as the God who spoke to Moses ancestors meaning this God has defied death for hundreds of years. God had personally investigated the plight of his people in Egypt. He gave Moses a detailed account of what Moses could expect when he returned to Egypt to fulfill his calling.

Moses responded to this remarkable sight and astounding announcement with a question. What if you are wrong? Was Moses judging God in the light of his own experience 40 years earlier? He had acted upon his calling to deliver his family from oppression, but they did not believe him. Why should they believe him now?

I would have been offended and argued with Moses reminding him I had already investigated and knew the outcome. God did not waste his time trying to convince Moses he was right. Instead, he gave Moses what he needed. Unnecessary signs so people will believe. Moses shepherds staff would turn into a snake, his hand would be diseased and healed, and water from the Nile would turn to blood.

The signs did not change the events God predicted. If Moses had believed God and returned with nothing more than God’s message, the Hebrews would have believed and Pharaoh would not have believed. The signs strengthened Moses faith that the outcome God predicted would happen.

[1] From the time God promised to change Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob and his descendants were addressed as both Jacob and Israel, which can be confusing. In Follow Me: Deliverance, I will use “Hebrews” to identify the children of Jacob.

[2] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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