So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.” –Exodus 7:1-2 NKJV
Both born into slavery, this brotherly duo of Moses and Aaron would lead the Israelites out of bondage. However, both dealt with their own personal insecurities that threatened to destroy the intended roles God desired for them. Fear plagued them both.
Moses argued that he was neither fluent nor persuasive enough to convince anyone of anything, let alone to speak to Pharaoh. Aaron the extrovert, the people pleaser, fears rejection and caves at the first mutiny in the desert. Moses is up on the mountain with God, and he’s left behind Aaron to deal with the masses who demand him to do something. Anything. It’s quite tragic, and the Bible doesn’t mince words about what Aaron does in the waiting (Exodus 22).
Pharaoh’s edict to murder all male newborn Jews foreshadowed Herod’s wicked plan hundreds of years later. Satan’s intent was to destroy the very child who would bring our own deliverance out of the chains of sin. Despite Moses and Aaron’s character flaws, God saw their gifts. He took their imperfections and led them on a journey to fulfill a promise, just like He does for us. Look fear in the face today and say, “No, devil, not today!”
- Lord, thank You for sending us people who will come along beside us to encourage us in our own shortcomings.
- Holy Spirit, enable us to do with You what we cannot do without You.