12/9/18 – Irrelevant and Irreverant – Any Old Bush Will Do

Exodus 4:10-17 ESV
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”

A. Moses objects to God that He has a speaking (stuttering) problem.
B. Moses excuse was irrelevant because God was not calling Moses to be an orator but a reporter.
C. God does not call us to develop new content but to rerun the same old material in evangelism.
D. God will be with your mouth, you just need to be ready. (1 Peter 3:16, 2 Timothy 4:2, Luke 12:11-12)

A. God sends Moses to be His mouthpiece and will send Aaron, the first High Priest with Moses, to be Moses’ mouthpiece.
B. We are all now considered priests, called to speak on behalf of God to the world.
C. God has called us to be priests but sometimes we let our insecurities lead us to look for partners.

A. Moses levies a complaint that God messed up either when He made him or when he called him.
B. God made Moses just the way He intended, and a disability does not disqualify a person from being used by God. (John 9:1-3)
C. The problem is not with the disabled or with God but with our sense of being healthy meaning superiority.

1. God is not asking you to be special. He expects you to be you.
2. In the hands of God, any old bush or staff will do.
3. God validates both Moses and Jesus as His chosen Deliverer through the performance of signs and wonders.

Exodus 4:13-14 Patient