Exodus Chapter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Exodus Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
God gives Moses power to work miracles. (1-9) Moses is loth to be sent, Aaron is to assist him. (10-17) Moses leaves Midian, God's message to Pharaoh. (18-23) God's displeasure against Moses, Aaron meets him, The people believe them. (24-31)1-9 Moses objects, that the people would not take his word, unless he showed them some sign. God gives him power to work miracles. But those who are now employed to deliver God's messages to men, need not the power to work miracles: their character and their doctrines are to be tried by that word of God to which they appeal. These miracles especially referred to the miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ. It belonged to Him only, to cast the power of the devil out of the soul, and to heal the soul of the leprosy of sin; and so it was for Him first to cast the devil out of the body, and to heal the leprosy of the body.
10-17 Moses continued backward to the work God designed him for; there was much of cowardice, slothfulness, and unbelief in him. We must not judge of men by the readiness of their discourse. A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with a slow tongue. God sometimes makes choice of those as his messengers, who have the least of the advantages of art or nature, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious. Christ's disciples were no orators, till the Holy Spirit made them such. God condescends to answer the excuse of Moses. Even self-diffidence, when it hinders us from duty, or clogs us in duty, is very displeasing to the Lord. But while we blame Moses for shrinking from this dangerous service, let us ask our own hearts if we are not neglecting duties more easy, and less perilous. The tongue of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses, would make one completely fit for this errand. God promises, I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth. Even Aaron, who could speak well, yet could not speak to purpose, unless God gave constant teaching and help; for without the constant aid of Divine grace, the best gifts will fail.
18-23 After God had appeared in the bush, he often spake to Moses. Pharaoh had hardened his own heart against the groans and cries of the oppressed Israelites; and now God, in the way of righteous judgment, hardens his heart against the teaching of the miracles, and the terror of the plagues. But whether Pharaoh will hear, or whether he will forbear, Moses must tell him, Thus saith the Lord. He must demand a discharge for Israel, Let my son go; not only my servant, whom thou hast no right to detain, but my son. It is my son that serves me, and therefore must be spared, must be pleaded for. In case of refusal I will slay thy son, even thy first-born. As men deal with God's people, let them expect so to be dealt with.
24-31 God met Moses in anger. The Lord threatened him with death or sent sickness upon him, as the punishment of his having neglected to circumcise his son. When God discovers to us what is amiss in our lives, we must give all diligence to amend it speedily. This is the voice of every rod; it calls us to return to Him that smites us. God sent Aaron to meet Moses. The more they saw of God's bringing them together, the more pleasant their interview was. The elders of Israel met them in faith, and were ready to obey them. It often happens, that less difficulty is found than was expected, in such undertakings as are according to the will of God, and for his glory. Let us but arise and try at our proper work, the Lord will be with us and prosper us. If Israel welcomed the tidings of their deliverance, and worshipped the Lord, how should we welcome the glad tidings of redemption, embrace it in faith, and adore the Redeemer!
Chris Nnoli's Exodus Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 8/30/2014, 4:37am...
This scripture remains one of the most powerful argument that God wants the church to operate in the anointing and the power of the Holy Spirit, without which we cannot effectively minister the Gospel to this generation. We need to go back into closet fellowship with the Lord, and remain in prayer before Him till He pours His Spirit, with the enabling power to reach the Gospel, break the power of sin over the people and empower us as believers to begin to live true to the faith once delivered to the saints. Just as Moses was given the Rod or staff, we now have the Word, our own version of the Rod, and the Holy Spirit to help us along with it. Without a clear cut display of the power of the Risen Christ in healing and deliverance, and other forms of miracles, the church will not fulfill the great commission and could lose the battle for the souls of men in our sin ridden society.
Eugene's Exodus Chapter 4 comment about verse 7 on 7/29/2014, 3:51pm...
What is the true color of Moses ?
Evangelist Onyeka Onwenna's Exodus Chapter 4 comment about verse 8 on 6/28/2014, 2:00am...
The voice of the first sign represent the turning of the rod into snake when God mandated Moses to drop his rod on the ground of which he demonstrated this before Pharaoh and his magicians whereby Moses ' snake swallowed that of the magicians yet Pharaoh hardened his heart. While the second sign is the turning of the hand of Moses into leprosy when God instructed him to put his hand in his bosom. This also represent the ten plagues the Egyptians suffered in the hand of Moses and the eventual setting the people of Israel free after the last plague thereby coming to God 's fulfilment that Pharaoh will definitely hearken the voice of the second sign.
Rebecca's Exodus Chapter 4 comment on 5/22/2014, 11:32am...
I dont understand exodus 4 24 why does God wanted to kill moses?
Junior Noon's Exodus Chapter 4 comment on 2/24/2014, 8:11am...
Now the people believe
Joel benson's Exodus Chapter 4 comment on 2/21/2014, 11:19pm...
God wants to bring his children out of our own Egypt Our Lord Jesus Christ died for this Ish 1 1 3 Eph 4 7 32 You are unworthy if you put your hand back to the plow If my people who are called by my name humble them selves seek my face and pray Turn from our wicked ways THEN It s GOD
Pastor Michael Dale's Exodus Chapter 4 comment about verse 24 on 2/06/2014, 1:51pm...
I believe this was a practice that had been ignored during the Hebrews captivity in Egypt. Therefore this was a procedure that had to be done to be in right standing following the Covenant between God and His people.
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