Last week at the Listening Post, we had the best conversation about Exodus 4:10-17. (Much like the actual trek through the Sinai wilderness, we are taking this pilgrimage through Moses’ call-story very slowly and it is awesome.) So, like a month ago we noted that when Moses sees the bush burning but not up, and God speaks to him out of it, Moses covers his face and uncovers his feet, both intriguing signs of respect.
But now, just one chapter later, after God has told him what He wanted to speak to him about (“Set My people free”), Moses says, “Nah, Dude. I’ve never been a good speaker, and I haven’t become one in the last five minutes since You started talking to me!” (He really says that. It’s in verse 10. Look it up.)
We talked about how beautiful the snarky back-and-forth is between Moses and God is–which ends up typifying their whole relationship, from the time Moses finally gives in and heads back to Egypt, all the way through the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, up to the border of the Promised Land.
How beautiful it is that when God says, “Fine. You don’t want to talk? Take your brother and he’ll do the talking,” He also tells Moses that he, Moses, will “be like God to” his brother.
How beautifully humble God is, in that, on His own terms, He never has an issue with raising us up to His level or lowering Himself to ours.
How beautiful it also is that, along with his brother, Moses also gets to take his shepherd’s staff–his most basic tool.
How beautiful it is that God even ennobles something as basic and mundane as a stick. As the Good News Translation has it, God says, “Take this walking stick with you, for with it, you will perform miracles.”
In the aftermath of that listening conversation, I’ve been asking myself–in the context of what God has given me to do, in my own small-scale version of setting His people free, who is my brother (the person designated to walk with me and fill in the ministry gaps that I can’t) and what is the stick (the basic, second-nature tool God has given me through which He will work miracles)? The person might actually be my husband, not my brother, or it might be someone else. The stick might be my computer, or my pen. But maybe not. I think I will be listening in prayer with this question for a little while. Maybe join me:
How is God calling you to set God’s people free? Who is your brother in this call? And what is your stick?