The Lord said to Moses, I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.
But Moses said to the Lord, Behold, I am of deficient and impeded speech; how then shall Pharaoh listen to me?
The Lord said to Moses, Behold, I make you as God to Pharaoh [to declare My will and purpose to him]; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.
You shall speak all that I command you, and Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land.
[Exodus 6:29-Exodus 7:2 AMPC]
I was reading a piece by David Wilkerson entitled Knowing God which quoted Exodus 6:7 and afterward decided to read the whole of Exodus 6. At the end and into the beginning of chapter 7, I found the verses quoted above.
I was intrigued by the way that God dealt with Moses’ complaint that Pharaoh would not hear him because of his speech difficulties. Surely God could remedy that? And given that this would be possible there must be a reason for God choosing Moses’ elder brother Aaron (whose name, incidentally, means ‘light bringer’).
Although God always has His man (or woman) for the times, they are fallible; there is always a flaw that must be overcome. The apostle Paul immediately springs to mind.
These people struggle with an infirmity of some sort, something which could compromise all that God seems to be doing. (God appears to enjoy making things difficult for Himself.) He also encourages corporateness, His people working and growing together, no one person taking on the whole burden.
As a part of the God’s plan, we know that the priest/king idea was only fully realised in Jesus (Melchizedek order), and you will recall that King Saul fell when he tried to take both roles to himself. Thus here, Moses represents kingship, while Aaron reveals the priesthood. Both were needed to carry the authority of God in dealing with Pharaoh.
But for us in this time, we can see that Moses needed a friend to help him through. So God says your brother shall be your prophet. Use of the word ‘prophet’ seems to confirm the spiritual element in the choice and the reality for us all is that we need our Holy Spirit brother to help us through life.
Jesus is that brother for me, for you, for every one. He shall be our prophet, our friend, our brother through the dark times however insignificant or overwhelming those times may be, but also as a faithful intimate amid the joys and laughter. He does what any true prophet does - He reveals truth, life in the kingdom and the way ahead.
The song today is Robin Mark’s version of As the Deer Pants for the Water, largely because it has the line ‘You are my friend and You are my brother, even though You are a king’ ...
“As the Deer Pants For the Water” - Robin Mark
OSWALD CHAMBERS - RUN TODAY’S RACE
Wednesday 10th June 2020
The New Testament view of a Christian is that he is one in whom the Son of God has been revealed
and prayer deals with the nourishment of that life.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART