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Exodus 4

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 1 Then Moses answered, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; for they may say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'"

 2 Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said, "A rod."

 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 it.

 4 And the LORD said to Moses, "Put out your hand and take it by the tail." And he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand [and God said],

 5 "So that they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."

 6 Furthermore the LORD said to him, "Now put your hand into your bosom." So he put his hand into his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous like snow.

 7 Then he said, "Put your hand into your bosom again." And he put his hand into his bosom again, and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was restored like his other flesh.

 8 Then God said, "If they will not believe you or heed the message of the first sign, they may believe the message of the last sign.

 9 But if they will not believe these two signs or heed your voice, you shall take some of the water of the Nile and pour it upon the dry land; and the water that you take out of the Nile will become blood upon the dry land."

 10 And Moses said to the LORD, "O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant; I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue."

 11 So the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes the dumb, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say."

 13 And he said, "O my LORD, I pray you, send someone else whom you will send."

 14 Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. Also, behold, he comes out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.

 15 And 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 what you shall do.

 16 He shall be your spokesman to the people, and he shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be as God to him.

 17 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs."

 18 Then Moses left and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said to him, "Let me go, I pray you, and return to my brethren who are in Egypt and see whether they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace."

 19 And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return into Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead."

 20 So Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on donkeys, and he returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

 21 Then the LORD said to Moses, "When you return into Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in your hand; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.

 22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD: Israel is my son, even my firstborn,

 23 And I say to you, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your son, even your firstborn.'"

 24 Now it came to pass at a lodging place on the way, that the LORD met Moses and sought to kill him.

 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut the foreskin off of her son and cast it at his feet, and said, "Surely you are a husband of blood to me."

 26 So God let him go,1 and she said, "You are a husband of blood to me," because of the circumcision.

 27 Now 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.

 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs that he had commanded him.

 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.

 30 And Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

 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.


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1 the LORD met Moses and sought to kill him. Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut the foreskin off of her [their son] son and cast it at his feet, and said, 'Surely you are a husband of blood to me.' So God let him go. It appears that Moses had not circumcised his son, probably due to the opposition of his wife. Failure to circumcise would have been a serious error and Moses would have had no credibility with the Hebrews without that being completed; so perhaps God made him very sick to get his attention on the matter. All is well that ends well. Concerning sicknesses in general, George Fox wrote:

For all these things happen to you for your good, and for the good of those concerned for you, to make you know yourselves and your own weakness, and that you may know the Lord's strength and power, and may trust in him.

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