“Exposing the Exodus”
Not With Lofty Speech – (Chapter 4 Verses 10-17)
Do you remember Moses previous objections? Preoccupied with himself, his fear, his unbelief? Is his lack of eloquence insurmountable, a fatal flaw? How many through the ages have pleaded this problem, and have and do overcome? The motivation is the key, a passion to serve the Lord. We ought to engage in service for the Lord, hadn’t we? It is to our shame is it not that we lack such passion, that we don’t burn with zeal for the cause of Christ. Where are the men that occupy pews week by week in the churches that could out there amongst the people, in some way, shape of form, preaching the gospel to lost sinners. The flaws, the weaknesses can be overcome. Is not God still God? Is he not able to compensate for our weaknesses? In regards to Moses defect, it supposes that oratory is a prerequisite for effective ministry. I suppose that Seminary training includes rhetoric and elocution, but let’s be clear about this, are we saying this is a big thing, a fatal flaw? That sinners dead to God in sin, can only be awakened, enticed by eloquence of words, by oratory powers? That we put carnal weapons in the place of spiritual warfare? Is it not sad that such an elementary matter is so little understood in the church today? Hear what one of the greatest evangelists, preachers, servants of God to grace this earth said on this issue, “And I, when I came to you, brothers,[a] did not come proclaiming to you the testimony[b]of God with lofty speech or wisdom” (1Corinthians 2:1).
The Lord’s question is appropriate (v12). A clear rebuke. Did God not know what he was doing when he chose Moses? God is simply demonstrating how radically different his ways are from ours, the wisdom of the world against the foolishness of God (1Corinthians 3:19). God’s estimations against the estimations of men, the latter being an abomination to God (Luke 16:15). Moses became the most useful instrument to Israel in the Old Testament dispensation. The other, Paul, the most useful amongst the Gentiles in the early New Testament mission field. Both would be found unqualified by standards of modern scholarship (2Corinthians 10:1; 11:6). It’s not clever men we need today, we have more and plenty of such. It is godly men, called and gifted of God to preach, who are mighty in the Scriptures, to put the fear of God back in the nation. To thunder the truth of the gospel up and down the land. May God grant us such men in these dark days!
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)