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Friday, October 12 2018

A Bible Journey, 54: The Miraculous Signs Of Moses

"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 miraculous sign, a flaming bush: "Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt" (see A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush).

Mount Sinai

The LORD, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) then gave Moses the means to provide other miraculous signs to the unbelieving people of Israel in Egypt: "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.

4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand?

And he said, A rod.

4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground.

And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

4:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.

And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 4:5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee." (Exodus 4:1-5 KJV)

The LORD then gave Moses the power to demonstrate more signs, and if they still would not believe, a sign that the Pharaoh himself would experience: "the river shall become blood."

The Nile River

"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.

4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

4:8 And 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. 4:9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land." (Exodus 6:1-9 KJV)

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.

4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. 4:16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. 4:17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs." (Exodus 4:10-17 KJV)

Moses then informed 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.

And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

4:19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. 4:20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

4:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: 4:23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn." (Exodus 4:18-23 KJV)

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?

Bedouin Mother And Child 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.

4:29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: 4:30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped." (Exodus 4:27-31 KJV)

Fact Finder: Although they were brothers, did Moses and Aaron know each other only after they were both over eighty years old?
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This Day In History

This Day In History, October 12

539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).

Persian Troops

1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the "New World" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All four of the voyages of Columbus were actually limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea - despite popular myth and propaganda, none landed in North America. Viking explorers arrived in North America about 500 years before Columbus was even born.

Voyages of Christopher Columbus



1518: After the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) began proceedings against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. While Luther rejected the corrupt leadership of the Papacy, he, and most "Protestants" ever since, maintained nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor.

1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed (see also What Is Sorcery?).

1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.

1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.

1811: Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.

1822: Brazil formally became independent of Portugal.

1899: The Anglo-Boer War began in South Africa.

1918: A forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.

1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.


1933: Alcatraz was opened as a U.S. federal maximum-security prison.

1945: A few months after the Second World War (1939-1945) in Europe ended, the Allied Control Council ordered the dissolution of the Nazi Party of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.

1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.

1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.

1970: U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal of 40,000 more U.S. troops from the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam was divided into North and South by France; when France was driven out, the U.S. replaced French forces and took the side of South Vietnam).


1973: Spiro Agnew resigned as U.S. Vice-President after being convicted of tax evasion. He was replaced by Gerald Ford (see also The Impeachment Of The President).

1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.

1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.




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