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Friday, September 13 2013
Exodus 4: Signs For Israel
"It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign"
Moses was given to meet the LORD God by means of a sign, a flaming bush: "Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt" (see Exodus 3: The Sign Of The Flaming Bush). The LORD, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God; see also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God) then gave Moses the means to provide miraculous signs to the unbelieving people of Israel: "Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee."
"4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
The LORD then gave Moses the ability to deliver more signs, and if they still would not believe, a sign that the Pharaoh himself would experience: "the river shall become blood."
"4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
Moses was a very humble and unassuming man. He also pleaded, "I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." While many have regarded that to mean that Moses had some sort of speech impediment, he certainly didn't have it later. It should be kept in mind that "speech" and "tongue" refer moreover to language (see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man), not merely the ability to speak in itself. Moses was raised, from infancy, in the palace of the Pharaoh where his primary language was Egyptian. Hebrew was not his first language, but for Moses' brother Aaron, it was. Hence, when speaking to the Israelites, "he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth."
"4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Moses then returned to his father-in-law Jethro, who "said to Moses, Go in peace."
"4:18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.
The incident with the circumcision done by Moses' wife Zipporah (see Moses And Zipporah) on the way to Egypt has been debated for centuries - even of who the "him" was that the LORD was going to kill. Was it Moses, or was it his uncircumcised son?
It should be kept in mind however that Moses was born as an Israelite. Moses was circumcised (he was with his actual Levite parents until three months old), as were all of the native-born Israelites. Despite their four centuries in Egypt, the Israelites never lost the original purpose of circumcision, for them, for that time (see Circumcision), as was about to be made obvious at the soon to occur Passover.
"12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover], let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof." (Exodus 12:48 KJV)
The LORD commanded Moses to return to Egypt, not his entire family. There was no need for his family to go because Moses was going to return to where they were already living (and as it turned out, they didn't go). It was Moses' firstborn son who was about to be killed, not only because he would not have been permitted to be included in the Passover observance, and therefore survived the death of the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but because he was already in a state of being cut off from his people. The circumcision saved his life on both counts. Zipporah's act had purpose, if not in Egypt, then throughout his life after the Exodus.
"4:24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision." (Exodus 4:24-26 KJV)
The calling of Aaron was also done directly by the LORD (see also The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).
"4:27 And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. 4:28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
Fact Finder: Although they were brothers, did Moses and Aaron know each other only after they were both over eighty years old?
This Day In History, September 13
585 BC: Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the king of Rome, defeated the Sabines.
509 BC: The pagan temple of Jupiter ("enlightened" scientists of the modern world named a planet after that pagan god) on Rome's Capitoline Hill (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina) was dedicated on the ides of September (the term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months).
81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who conducted the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D. (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation. Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today. Roman legions were occupying Britain at the same time that they occupied the land of Israel when Christ was crucified (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and Legions Of Men And Angels).
335: The Roman Emperor Constantine consecrated Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem. Constantine was the creator of the Papacy and numerous of the Church of Rome's doctrines, most of which are also perpetuated by the "Protestant" churches (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
533: The Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage in North Africa. General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeated Gelimer and the Vandals (the term "vandalism" originated from the ancient Vandals who looted cities that they conquered).
1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the false doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?) and the non-existent Purgatory.
1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.
1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.
1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland (Hudson was working for the Dutch at the time).
1759: The Battle of The Plains of Abraham, fought at the western edge of Quebec City, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The English under James Wolfe, 32, defeated the French under the Marquis de Montcalm, 47, ending French and Indian Wars and settling the political future of Canada. Both leaders were killed. The place is named for Abraham Martin, a ship's pilot who owned part of the land.
1788: New York City (both the city and the state were originally named after England's 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, who became King James II of England in 1685) was declared the first federal capital of the U.S.
1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.
1941: Elias Disney, the Canadian father of Walt Disney (his mother was a German immigrant), died at age 82.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.
1961: NASA launched into orbit, and later recovered, an unmanned Project Mercury capsule in preparation for the first U.S. manned orbital flight (the Russians were the first to launch a man into space - Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961), which took place the next February by John Glenn (Glenn was the third human to orbit the earth).
1991: Russia and the U.S. agreed to cut off arms supplies to the warring tribes in Afghanistan (both took their turn at invading and attempting to install puppet regimes Afghanistan - Russia in 1979, the U.S. in 2001).