The story of Exodus 3-4 is truly a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous. It begins with God Himself appearing to Moses in the burning bush and revealing His great plan for the deliverance of His people. Moses’ job is to be the pebble that starts the avalanche, to go to Pharaoh and bring the people out.
However, the pebble has other ideas. Moses throws up excuse after excuse, God patiently answers them all, until finally, in 4:13, Moses reveals his true motivation. He says, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”
The problem here isn’t inclination. Moses does want to see Israel delivered. In fact, that’s why he’s in exile in the first place! The problem is participation. Even though it’s a good work, Moses flat doesn’t want to get involved. Continue reading