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The Command

Moses

Objections to the Command

“Yep,” said Micah, scooting to the other side of the bench.  “That’s where Moses saw a fire in a bush in the wilderness while he was watching his sheep, but it wasn’t burning.  So, he went up to see what was going on and God spoke to him and told him to take off his shoes, or sandals, or whatever.”

“That’s the story,” grinned Grandpa. “I’d like you to think about the conversation that God had with Moses.”  He leaned over the car and started working on the driver’s side wiper. “Do you remember the first thing God said to Moses?”

“Take your sandals off!”

“Well, yes, but I was thinking of the first thing God said after Moses removed his sandals.”

“Umm, no.”

“He said something like, ‘I am the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.’  You know what Moses did then? He fell on his face because he was afraid…” Grandpa paused as he struggled with the wiper until it finally slipped off the wiper arm, then resumed,  “… he was afraid to look at God. That fear of looking upon God tells us that Moses had a healthy level of respect for God. So, you would think that Moses would be ready to do whatever God commanded him to do, but that wasn’t the case, was it?”

Micah took the worn wiper that Grandpa handed to him and asked with some surprise, “Moses didn’t do what God commanded?”

“That’s not what you would expect, is it?” said Grandpa, wiping his hands on a shop rag.  “See, God told Moses of His plan to deliver the Hebrews from Egypt and bring them to a land flowing with milk and honey.  Then, He told Moses that He wanted him to lead the people.”

“And Moses didn’t want to go?” asked Micah.

“Nope.  He politely declined, saying, ‘Who am I, to lead the people and confront Pharaoh?’  In other words, he was saying he didn’t think he was able to do what God wanted. So God said, ‘Don’t worry, Moses, I’ll be with you.’ ” Grandpa set the shop towel down and started looking around the garage.  “Now, where did I set that other wiper at?”

After a few seconds of looking, Micah exclaimed, “There it is! Over there.”  He pointed with the old wipers to a stack of boxes on the other side of the car.

“Sure enough, I see it.  Thank you.” Grandpa continued the story as he worked his way around the car again. “Even with God’s promise, Moses wasn’t eager to go because he didn’t think he could convince the Hebrews that God had sent him.  He told God, ‘I don’t even know what name to use when I tell them who sent me.’ God said, ‘That’s no problem. You tell them that I AM sent you. I am the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; tell them this and they will listen to you.’ ”  Picking up the wiper, Grandpa began working his way back to the driver’s side of the car.

“Did Moses go then?” asked Micah.

“No, as a matter of fact, he didn’t,” answered Grandpa as he lifted the wiper arm.  “He said the Hebrews might not believe that God appeared to him. So God gave Moses a couple of signs to show them.  Do you know what they were?”

“Was one of the signs turning the rod into a snake and then back to a rod?” asked Micah, as he gauged the distance to the open trash can.

“Yep,” said Grandpa, as the wiper clicked onto the arm.  He lowered the arm to the windshield and picked up the shop rag.

“The other sign was…” Micah paused as he launched one of the old wipers towards the trash can, “… the leprosy hand – Did you see that!!” he exclaimed excitedly. “Right into the trash can!  Man, what a shot!!”

Grandpa looked up quickly, but too late, “Aw, I missed it!”

“Watch this,” said Micah, as he tossed the second wiper, only to watch it bounce off the wall onto the floor.  “Aww. The other one went right in. Anyhow, I forget what the third sign was.”

“No, there was only two,” said Grandpa.  He paused for a second, reflecting, “Wait, no, you’re right.  The third sign was that he could pour some river water on the ground and it would turn to blood.”

“Then Moses went,” guessed Micah.

“Not quite.  He told the Lord that he wasn’t eloquent enough, but God reminded him that He was the Maker of mouths.  Then do you know what Moses did?”

“Went to Egypt?” guessed Micah again.

“Nope,” said Grandpa, mischievously throwing the shop rag at Micah. “No, Moses said, ‘Lord, please send someone else.’ See, he still didn’t want to do God’s will.  Now, what do you suppose God did with this man who was resisting His will?”

Micah pulled the shop rag off his face and mischievously said, “Grabbed him by the ear and dragged him to Egypt?”

Grandpa chuckled, “Not quite.  The scripture says that God’s anger was kindled against Moses, and He said something like, ‘Look, I am sending Aaron out to you. He can speak for you, but you go with him and tell him what to say.’  In other words, God flatly told him, ‘You go to Egypt.’ No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.”

“Then did Moses go?”

“Yep, then he went.”  Grandpa folded his arms and leaned against the side of the car.  “Now, let’s think about this for a second. Remember at the beginning of the story, when Moses fell down to the ground before the burning bush?   This shows us that he really believed God speaking to him from the bush. Despite his belief, we see that he resisted the will of God for a spell.  At what point did he finally decide to obey God?”