Thursday, 21 January 2021
Exodus 4:12 "Now go! I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say."
There it is, Moses gets the same command as Abram received, Lech in Hebrew, "go" in English. But Moses is still negotiating. And "boom," he just negotiated away his intended priesthood. God honored Moses' request for help and his brother, Aaron, became the high priest.
The Hebrew word for "teach" is the same root as the word for "Torah." It means to instruct. It takes that meaning from instruction on shooting to hit a target (mark), to take aim (as in archery). God is offering to instruct Moses, but Moses is still resistant. God becomes angry with Moses, but in a final concession allows Aaron to fill the role of high priest and speak for Moses.
What is our take-away? In what areas of life (or decisions concerning our destiny) have we resisted God's instruction? God has said to us…
Deuteronomy 31:6 "Chazak! Be courageous! Do not be afraid or tremble before them. For Adonai your God - He is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you."
Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will give counsel - My eye is on you."
We should live as those who believe these promises.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,