Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”
Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5 “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.”
6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow.
7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.
8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
Throughout the Bible God confirms His Word with signs and wonders. He gave Moses (potentially) three signs to back him up.
Thinking in particular about the staff already in Moses’ hand, I couldn’t get away from the thought today that the Lord may well surprise us by using gifts/abilities we already have, in quite extraordinary ways. In our heads, these may be such ordinary, even mundane, things, but we are thrilled to see the extraordinary work He does with them. It is so obviously God at work and not us, and He gets the glory. We may even finding ourselves looking on in wonder and awe at what God is doing through us. It’s almost scary!
‘Moses was but a rod, but what cannot a rod do if handled by an Almighty hand!’ F.B.Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.38.
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