Exodus 4:5

Posted on February 23, 2010


"This," said the LORD, "is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you."

Exodus 4:5


Exodus 4:5 – if this passage of Scripture was a “Friends” TV
show episode, I think it would be titled, “The One Where God Throws Moses a

Cause here in Exodus 4 we still see Moses asking God the “what
if” questions. Even after God has Dura Flamed a Talking Bush, even after God
has answered his questions, and now in this passage, even after God does some
high level hocus pocus with reptiles and walking sticks.

God has spoken from the bush and told Moses:

What to do(“Gather up the leaders of Israel,”)

 How He
will do it (“I’ll do some crazy things and Pharaoh will say ‘take off.’”)

How to get it started. (“You can use my name as
your calling card…Tell them I AM WHO I AM.”)

How it will end. (“And so you will plunder the

(I must admit, I did not know that the word “plunder” was in
the Bible. I thought it was primarily reserved for pirates.)

But even with all of this Moses is (still) looking for
excuses. And saying “I’m not sure they’re gonna buy this…what if they do not
believe me or listen to me?”

Did you get that part 
“What if they do not believe
me or listen to me?”



Not me.

It’s not Moses saying “yeah, all due respect their Burning
Bush, but frankly this whole thing is freaking me out a bit and I am not sure
that I am into all this ‘change the world’ stuff. Thanks for burning for me
anyway. You might need to find another former murderer turned shepherd for this

Instead Moses waffles a bit and says, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me?”

As in, “I am pretty sure this is wacked out and I don’t
think I want to go too far down this road.”

To which God clears his throat (my interpretation) and is
like, “alrighty then…I have tried the logical approach and the methodical
approach and you did not get either one. So I am going to have to go back to
tangible examples. What’s in your hand?”

To which I would suppose  “Uhm, God bush…it’s my staff. Duh.”

God must really be holding his temper on this one.

“Ok then…throw it on the ground.”

Moses shrugs and tosses the staff to the ground.

We all have seen the Ten Commandments and know where this is

Slither, slither, slither.

“Go ahead,” says God. “Pick it up.”


But (for the first time without fussing at a command of God)
Moses reaches down and picks up the snake, which zaps back into a stick.

And here is where God throws Moses a bone.

“This,” said the Lord, “is so they may believe that the LORD, – the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has appeared to you.”

See…God told Moses that He was doing these things so that “they”
would believe.

But who had to believe first?


God threw Moses a bone.

He took the excuse of “they” that Moses used and turned it
into a “wink wink nudge nudge” moment. “I know this is hard, and I know that it
is especially hard to tell a burning bush that you are not ready to change the
world, so I am going to help you out every way I can. And I am giving you something
tangible and real that you can use to tell the world about Me.”

And that is how God threw Moses a bone.

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