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What’s in Your Hand?
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We’d probably call him a slow learner. Even after God protected him from the evil ruler who decreed death to all Hebrew babies, even after he was saved and raised in the palace of the princess, even after he killed an Egyptian and escaped unharmed, and even after seeing a bush on fire that wasn’t consumed, he still mistrusted God’s plan.

Moses, who would go on to become one of the greatest generals of all time, lacked faith so that when God asked him to lead the Israelites, he made excuses and argued with God: I stutter … What if they don’t believe me?  The burning bush should have done the trick, but Moses still hesitated.

He’d adapted to living the life of a nomadic shepherd and didn’t trust that he could do what God asked of him.

“What’s in your hand, Moses?”

It was a simple question and Moses, of course, knew that God saw the shepherd’s rod.

“Throw it down on the ground, Moses.”

Without argument, he threw it down and it became a snake and Moses ran from it – wouldn’t you?

“Pick it up by the tail, Moses.”

Had His Full Attention

No one picks up a snake by its tail, but Moses complied and it became his rod again. God now had his full attention and Moses agreed to work with him to bring the Israelites into the Promised Land. All Moses had was that rod, but with it …

• he struck the Nile river and it turned to blood (Exodus 7:17)

• brought a plague of frogs out of the waters (Exodus 8:5)

• struck the dust and turned them into gnats (Exodus 8:16)
• stretched it toward heaven to bring down fire, thunder, and hail (Exodus 9:23)

• brought a plague of locust (Exodus 10:13) 

• divided the Red Sea (Exodus 14:16)
• struck a rock with it and got water (Exodus 17:6) 

• and when he held it high in the air, his warriors prevailed in battle (Exodus 17:9)

So, what do you have in your hand?

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