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#1.       Who Hath Made Man’s Mouth? (Ex 4:10-20, John 9:1-3)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Hypocrisy of Moses as God’s Servant (Ex 4:21-26, Gen 17:14)

 

 

 

 

  • A Bloody Bridegroom (Ex 4:24-26, Isa 62:5, Matt 9:15, Eph 5:22-27)

 

 

 

 

  • Gershom, My Firstborn (Col 1:18, Gal 6:16, Ex 4:24-26, Deut 10:16, 30:6, Ezek 11:19, 36:26)

 

 

 

 

  • Christ and Circumcision (Ex 4:25-26, Col 2:10-14, Gen 17:7-14, Matt 5:17-18, Gal 5:6)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Whose Work Is This? (Ex 4:27-31, Prov 21:1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 4:10 (2X). Moses is still talking to Christ out of the Burning Bush, and Moses is still protesting that God wants to send him to Egypt. Moses is not lazy, but Moses has let his feelings grow, and he became disgusted with the children of Israel. Ex 4:10

Ex 4:10 ¶  And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Lord, I cannot speak very well. I am a good warrior, but I never was an eloquent speaker. I can think very well, but I am slow of speech. I can make nice plans, but I am slow of tongue. But God’s answer is:

#1.       Who Hath Made Man’s Mouth? (Ex 4:10-20, John 9:1-3)

Ex 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. 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. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs. 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. And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life. And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

Finally Moses obeyed, and returned to the land of Egypt, not knowing what he was going to do. Look again at the words of verses 15-16, and look how perfectly the KJV explains it to us. Christ says to him, “I will be with thy mouth (thy singular mouth) and with his mouth (his singular mouth), and I will teach you (plural) what ye (plural) shall do. And Aaron shall be thy spokesman unto the people, and he shall be to thee as thy mouth, and thou shalt be to him as God”. God gave us here the definition of a prophet. A prophet is the spokesman for God. A prophet brings the words from God to the people. Do not be bashful, Moses, for God has sent you to do this task, and God cannot fail. And don’t you love it when the Lord says to Moses, “Who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind?” In other words, God alone is responsible for making one seeing and another blind. Think of this when we witness to the heathen and they turn out to be spiritually blind as a bat. Put a sticker here in Exodus chapter 4, and please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 9:1 (2X). Moses fears that he cannot speak eloquently, or fluently. Perhaps he was indeed of a slow tongue, but God has given him this handicap for a reason.   Perhaps it was to keep Moses humble.   But God has made all men for His own

purposes. And all handicaps were designed for the glory of God. We read in John 9:1-3,

Joh 9:1-3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

You see, when calamity strikes in one household, it is not the consequence of sin in this household, but God’s providence in the kingdom of man. When Job was struck with poverty and with painful boils, it occurred for the glory of God. Likewise here in John 9, this man was born blind so that the glory of God and the works of God might be made manifest. And then the Lord Jesus proceeded to heal him. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 4:21 (2X), and let us carefully study the following section.

#2.       The Hypocrisy of Moses as God’s Servant (Ex 4:21-26, Gen 17:14)

When we look at the section that follows we have to read it very slowly. It is easy to miss the context, and it is the context that gives us important historical information about Moses’ family. We read in Ex 4:

Ex 4:21-26  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. And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn. And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So He let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

Look carefully at verse 22. If I may summarize, God says, “Israel My son, My firstborn; let My son go and serve Me; and if thou refuse to let him go and serve Me, I will slay thy son, thy firstborn.” This is the Law that God placed over Pharaoh, but this is also the Law that would apply to anyone else who might be guilty of this offense. What is the offense? The offense is, “if thou refuse to let him go and serve Me.” And what do we see here? We see that the two sons of Moses were still uncircumcised. In other words, ceremonially the two sons of Moses were not qualified to serve the Lord, for they were uncircumcised, and God stated in Gen 17:14, “And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.” Let us apply this to the two sons of Moses. They were hindered in serving the Lord, because Moses had failed to circumcise them. That is a serious offense by Moses. How could this have come to pass? Was Moses circumcised? Yes he was. His father and his mother would have made sure of this fact. All the male Hebrew children were circumcised on the 8th day after their birth. But the two sons of Moses were not circumcised, Could it be that Moses had consented to his wife that they were not going to circumcise their sons? Could it be that Moses, after living for 40 years in the land of Midian, and living under the nose of a priest of Midian, was on the way to become a Midianite? But it is sure that Midian was circumcised, for Midian was a son of Abraham. Therefore we must conclude that the practice of circumcision among the Midianites was not faithfully adhered to, for the Midianites did not know Jehovah God who commanded this sign of the covenant to Abraham. They have heard the name, but they did not know Jehovah like Abraham did. Therefore, circumcision became optional among the Midianites, for it was to them only a ritual that identified the Hebrews. It was to them only a ritual that existed for health reasons, just like today there are people who believe that the OT rules dividing the animals into clean and unclean animals were only dietary rules to help people live a more healthy life. What is the problem with that? They have reasoned God and God’s Word out of their life, for God’s Word reveals a great deal more about these rules than just dietary rules. But this explains now why in verses 24-26 the Lord was taking action against Moses. Look again at verses 22-23. God said, “Israel My son, My firstborn; let My son go and serve Me; and if thou refuse to let him go and serve Me, I will slay thy son, thy firstborn.” And notice especially the words “My firstborn” and “thy firstborn”. Gershom, Moses’ firstborn represents “Israel My son, My firstborn” who was prevented from serving the Lord, for he was uncircumcised. Next we see that God ranks Moses as “thy firstborn”, who was threatened with death. But if we look at the Hebrew tenses we see that in verse 24 the words “to kill him” is in the Hiphil tense, and it actually means “caused to kill him.” In other words, the Lord caused Moses to become very ill, to the point that he actually would have died if Zipporah would not have stepped in. And thus the question we must resolve is this: Why is Moses able to substitute for the firstborn of his household, so that Moses dies instead of the firstborn of his household? This type of substitution can only be done by the Lord Jesus Christ. And indeed, what follows in verses 24-26 must be interpreted as a historical parable. It was historically true, but God wrote it in the Bible in such a way that we can see the spiritual meaning of this historical event as it applies to Christ.

  • A Bloody Bridegroom (Ex 4:24-26, Isa 62:5, Matt 9:15, Eph 5:22-27)

Ex 4:24-26, And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So He let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

First of all, there is some information missing in this translation of the KJV. Two times we read in this passage, “a bloody husband”, and in both cases we should read this as, “A Bloody Bridegroom”, since the Hebrew word for “husband” can actually have only two possibilities of translation: Either it means “son in law”, or it means “bridegroom”. Nowhere else is this Hebrew word translated as “husband”. The meaning of “son in law” must be ruled out, for that is an impossibility in this passage. But the word “Bridegroom” is very well possible. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 62:5 (2X). Who is a Bloody Bridegroom? The Lord Jesus Christ is described as our Bridegroom, and the church is called His Bride.   Here is a verse which identifies the Lord Jesus Christ as God, and it identifies Him as

the Bridegroom, and it identifies us as the Bride. We read in Isa 62:5,

Isa 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

Moreover, the Lord Jesus became our Bridegroom when He purchased us on the cross, and that is when He became our Bloody Bridegroom. Please turn to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 9:15 (2X). There are other passages where the Lord Jesus is spoken of as our Bridegroom. Today we will look at just one more. In Matt 9:15 the Lord Jesus is speaking to the disciples of John the Baptist who had a question about mourning and fasting. We read in Matt 9:15,

Mt 9:15  And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

Clearly, the Lord Jesus identified Himself as the Bridegroom. If He is the Bridegroom, then who is the Bride? Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 5:22 (2X). We are beginning to identify each element and each individual in the parable of Ex 4:24-26, until we obtain one consistent whole. In this passage of Eph 5:22-32 the Lord is developing the concept of Christ and the church as the Bridegroom and His Bride. We read here in Eph 5:22-27,

Eph 5:22-27  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

What do we see here? The Lord tells us here that He created the marriage relationship to show the world that this is a picture of Christ and the church. Like the husband is the head of the wife, so Christ is the head of the church. Like the wife must be subject to the husband, so the church must be subject to Christ. Like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, so the husband must love his wife and dedicate his life to provide for her. And then in verse 26 God expands the love of Christ for His church with the words, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” in which He particularly speaks of the moment of our being born from above, for this is the washing of our soul with the water of the Gospel which is applied to the cleansing of the soul from sins, because Christ already paid for those sins on the cross. And thus, the church that the Lord Jesus paid for in this passage consists of only those who are God’s elect, for their sins only have been paid on the cross in AD 33, and they only are the ones who in their lifetime will truly be born from above by God the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the Bible speaks of the church, lock, stock, and barrel. But we realize that that is not the church that will endure until the last day, for it is a congregation consisting of both saved and unsaved individuals. Christ is only a Bloody Bridegroom to those who were in Christ when He suffered and died on the cross, for they only have been “to Hell and back” with Him. Let us now continue with the parable of Ex 4:24-26. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 4:24 (2X).

  • Gershom, My Firstborn (Col 1:18, Gal 6:16, Ex 4:24-25, Deut 10:16, 30:6, Ezek 11:19, 36:26)

We have seen that Moses is representing the Lord Jesus Christ, for he is called a Bloody Husband, which literally in the Hebrew text says a Bloody Bridegroom. Why is Moses able to substitute for the firstborn of his household, so that Moses dies instead of the firstborn of his household? It is because Christ is the firstborn from the dead. We read in Col 1:18, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” And so, Christ is the very first Firstborn. This is what we understand when we read verse 24,

Ex 4:24, And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.

When Moses and his wife and two sons arrived at a lodging place, Jehovah met with Moses and told him of his hypocrisy. Therefore, when Moses suddenly became seriously ill, he could tell his wife what the reason was why Jehovah wanted to kill him now. It was because he had neglected to circumcise his two sons, especially Gershom, his firstborn. Who does Gershom represent? Gershom means “stranger”. We are for the sake of Christ strangers and pilgrims on the earth. And thus Gershom also represents the elect of God, or in the words of Gal 6:16, Gershom represents the Israel of God. And since Zipporah was unfamiliar with the theology of circumcision, and unfamiliar with Christ as the Bloody Bridegroom, we can see that Zipporah represents the Gentile nations who gave birth to Gershom as the NT Israel of God. And thus, Zipporah does not represent national Israel, for national Israel was very proud of having been circumcised, according to God’s command and promises to Abraham. We read in Ex 4:25,

Ex 4:25, “Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.”

Now, this is a strange story. Why was she using a sharp stone? The exodus occurred at 1447 BC, which was way beyond the Stone Age. Steel tools were invented a long time ago. But here again God had a spiritual meaning in view. We begin to get understanding when we realize that the words which have been translated “sharp stone” are actually one word in the Hebrew, which means “flint”. Zipporah took a sharp flint stone. Where did she get this from so quickly.? Her husband lay sick with a very high fever which he developed that same evening. This was an emergency. How could she get a hold of a very sharp flint stone within a few hours while the night was falling? As you very well know, most stones we find at a busy lodging place are all well rounded. God did not disclose to us where she found this stone. The only detail God disclosed to us is that it was “flint”. Flint is an extremely hard stone, which is stronger and harder than steel or glass. Why did God think it necessary to tell us that Zipporah needed a very hard knife to cut away the soft tissue of the foreskin? It is because the ceremony of circumcision is only a sign, or a shadow, of the real circumcision that God needed to perform, which is the circumcision of the heart. And the circumcision of the heart is what is truly required to be saved. God says in Deut 10:16, “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.” This is an absolute requirement, and yet we cannot do anything to bring it to pass. God helps us out in Deut 30:6, where we find, “De 30:6  And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And thus it is God who has to make the decision whose heart He is going to circumcise. Salvation is entirely a gift by grace. This circumcision of the heart is an action of God the Holy Spirit, and it is equivalent to becoming “born again”, or being “born from above”. But where does the flint stone enter into the picture? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Ezekiel, Ezek 11:19 (2X). God tells us in several places in the Bible that we are born into this world with a heart, or a soul, that is in rebellion against God, so much so that we stubbornly refuse to believe anything God has said. It is like we have a heart of stone; our soul is in total opposition the Word of God and to the Author of the Word of God. We read in Ezek 11:19,

Eze 11:19  And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

And so, you see that God uses this figure of speech to indicate that this is the same as God the Holy Spirit putting a new spirit within us, which occurs at the time that we are “born from above”. It is not that He gives us a new soul, but that He regenerates our dead soul, and He puts in us new desires, and new objectives, and a new love for Christ, and a new life that is guided by a new spirit. Please turn to Ezek 36:26 (2X). There God repeats His promise to give us a new spirit. When God gave John the Baptist a new spirit when God commissioned John to preach in the spirit and power of Elijah, God did not give John a new soul for he was already saved, but God gave him a new life that resembled the life of Elijah. It was in this sense that God gave him a new spirit. It is in the same sense that God gives us a new spirit at the time that He regenerates our souls when He makes us “born from above”. We read in Ezek 36:26,

Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

     In order to spiritually cut away the stony heart, God uses a tool that is harder than the stony heart,

and this is why God shows us the flint stone as the tool that Zipporah used to cut away the foreskin of her son. The physical circumcision did not need this hard flint stone, but the spiritual circumcision of the heart did need it, for we have a very hard heart. Let us now return to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 4:25 ()

  • Christ and Circumcision (Ex 4:25-26, Col 2:10-14, Gen 17:7-14, Matt 5:17-18, Gal 5:6)

Ex 4:25, “Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a Bloody Bridegroom art thou to me.”

She cast it at the feet of Moses. Actually the Hebrew text says, “She caused it to touch His feet”. In disgust she threw the foreskin of her son to Moses, who actually represents Christ, and caused the bloody foreskin to touch His feet. Why did God include this detail for us? What is the picture? Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 2:10 (2X). Moses is suffering. He is very sick. He represents Christ who is suffering. He is not yet suffering on the cross, but He represents Christ who is suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, for the Law of God has begun to make Christ pay for the sins of His elect, the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. And at that moment the foreskin of His elect is cast at His feet, and touches His feet. What does that signify? It means that the blood of His elect touches the body of Christ, and thereby we are shown to be identified with Christ in His suffering. Our sins are the cause of the sufferings of Christ, but our sins are also the cause of the ceremony of circumcision upon all His elect. It is in this way that the sufferings of Christ are also called the circumcision of Christ. Col 2:10-14,

Col 2:10-14  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Verse 11 states that in God’s view we are considered circumcised by the circumcision made without hands, which refers to the crucifixion of Christ; for at the cross the guilt of the body of sins we committed in the flesh was taken away from us by the crucifixion of Christ. Verse 12 states that we were buried with Christ in the crucifixion and death of Christ, which is called a baptism since it was a washing of the sins He was paying; wherein we are also risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, which means that Christ had the faith that His Father would not leave His soul in Hell. Verse 13 states that God has made us alive together with Christ, and has forgiven us all our trespasses. Verse 14 states that all the requirements of the Ceremonial Law, including physical circumcision, were ordinances that were against us, and Christ took them out of the way, nailing them to His cross. Christ could remove all those ordinances, because He fulfilled them all perfectly until the end of time. The Bloody Bridegroom has done more for Zipporah than she realizes, for He has removed the requirement for circumcision forever. Why did God establish the ceremony of circumcision in the first place? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Genesis, Gen 17:7 (2X). God established the Ceremonial Law for the children of Israel so that they, looking through the ceremonies, would see pictures of the sufferings of Messiah for their sins. But this requires that they would study the Scriptures and would understand spiritual pictures. But the nation of Israel chose to adhere to a literal and historical interpretation of these ceremonial laws, and thus they never learned why God gave these to them. Just like the churches of today will adhere to a literal and historical interpretation of the Bible, and they will never learn why God gave us the Bible in our hands. God introduced the ceremony of circumcision to Abraham, but God specified that it was only

a token of the Covenant of Grace. We read here in Gen 17:7-14,

Ge 17:7-14  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Notice how God stresses the perpetual keeping of this sign of the covenant, and that it will be an everlasting covenant. This is what the Judaizers had in view when they persecuted Paul, and accused him of abandoning the Law of God. And even today many churches have not understood how they must harmonize God’s statements in Col 2:10-14 and in Matt 5:17-18 where we read,

Mt 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

When they read Col 2:10-14 they will think of literal circumcision and literal baptism, and thereby arrive at the wrong conclusions. But since Christ fulfilled the Ceremonial Law for us, in our place, we are no longer required to keep the motions of the Ceremonial Law. We can summarize this with one verse. We read in Gal 5:6, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” This is the true relationship between Christ and circumcision, and between Christ and any other Ceremonial Law. Please turn again to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 4:26 (2X).

Ex 4:26, “So He let him go: then she said, A Bloody Bridegroom thou art, because of the circumcision.”

God released Moses from the deadly illness He has put on him. And Zipporah again stated her disgust with the ceremony of circumcision. But when she called Moses a Bloody Bridegroom she did not realize how true this was, for Moses represented Christ. After this incident Moses sent his wife and children back to his father in law Jethro, for his sons needed some time to recover from the operation.

#3.       Whose Work Is This? (Ex 4:27-31, Prov 21:1)

Ex 4:27-31  And 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. And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him. And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. 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.

God spoke to Aaron, and Aaron met Moses in the Mount of God. Where is that? So far we have only one mountain mentioned in Ex 3 and 4, and that is Mount Horeb, in Midian. Amazingly, Aaron travelled all the way to Midian, and God guided his steps. And Moses told Aaron all the words that he received from Christ, when He spoke to Moses at the Burning Bush, and he showed Aaron all the miracles he was empowered to do. So Moses and Aaron agreed to work as a team, and together they spoke to the elders of the children of Israel. And the children of Israel believed God, and worshipped the Lord.

Who was responsible for all this? What made the children of Israel turn around and believe Moses and Aaron? Whose work was this? Don’t believe that it was the smooth talking that Moses and Aaron did, and don’t believe that the miracles Moses showed them did the trick. It was the work of God the Holy Spirit that made them believe God and worship Him. We read in Prov 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Which kings does God have in mind here in Prov 21:1? They are those who are called God’s elect. And even though the deliverance of the children of Israel out of Egypt is only a picture of what salvation is, God applies here the same principles and rules as if they indeed were God’s elect. And God’s elect are called princes and kings under Christ. With these principles in mind, God says in Prov 21:1, “I will turn the hearts of My elect as easily as I turn the rivers of water; I will turn them whithersoever I will”. And thanks be to God that He indeed turns us whithersoever He will, because if He would allow us to do our own will we definitely will be lost the same hour. Thanks be to God that His providence provides for us salvation full and free. And thanks be to God that His salvation is given freely to those on whom He wants to bestow His favor. And thanks be to God that grace is unmerited favor, for if we would have to earn it no one would be saved, for whatever requirement there would be we all would mess it up with sin. Thanks be to God that He has given us a church where we can worship the one and only true God of the Bible. And thanks be to God that He has given us a Bloody Bridegroom, for without the cross of Christ, and without a Christ who is also God we would have no salvation.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.