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Exodus 4.1-14 and Mark 3.1-6 – The Call of God
Posted: 4 January 2011 in Exodus, Mark

“And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it….. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow….. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign….. 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. 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 entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.”

The Bible is full of people who appear to be none too happy with their vocation, but Moses’ argument with God is probably one of the most extended. We should perhaps be cautious of people like tele-evangelists, who too readily reassure us that they are speaking as God’s mouthpieces. In the Bible to be called by the Lord, and to have to rely upon his strength, seems to be regarded as a fearful thing. The Spirit bloweth where it listeth, and somebody who is truly relying upon God’s strength cannot know where it will take him.

The Pharisees were one group of people who wanted to be known for their Piety, and for having their own personal hotline to God. In Jesus, however, they met somebody who directly challenged their self sufficient, and legalistic, religion. What was even worse for them, Jesus managed to draw people to himself because he spoke with the unmistakable authority of God Incarnate:

And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1.22)

The Pharisees, on the other hand, were afflicted by the spiritual blindness which results from a desire for reputation, and for the glory which rightly belongs to God alone. Their call was to repentance, and not, as in Moses’ case, to speak on God’s behalf. The same is true, I suppose, of most of us, who are called to follow Christ, not in great renown, but with lowliness of heart and mind.

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