Exodus 4

Don’t want to be chosen.

I remember C S Lewis’ autobiography talking about being dragged “kicking and screaming” into the kingdom. 

It’s hard to demand your people’s freedom from the ruler who came up with the male infanticide policy, and threaten to kill his first born. Moses has run away from a life of unique privilege because he fears he may be killed for his rash murder of an abusive Egyptian he came upon. 

He’s given magical signs to show he is speaking with power. But he still doesnt want to speak to the Pharaoh. 

God says memorably “who gave human beings Thier mouths” and burns with anger at his chosen. 

And puts in place a plan B, to use his brother Aaron as mouthpiece.

On the journey back to Egypt, God seems to test the family is loyal to him, even though zipporah, Moses’ wife, is not an Israelite. She gets the gist the way women seem to and circumscises her first baby son. 

The people, when he arrives, worship God for sending a solution, albeit a flawed one, to their slavery and persecution.

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