Chapters 3 and 4 contain a very important story and set the stage for the entire book of Exodus.
Many years had passed since Moses had come to live in the desert. He had a wife, Zipporah, and a son, Gershom, and he tended the flocks of Jethro, his father-in-law. All seemed to be well until one day while Moses was tending the flocks near Mount Horeb, the 'mountain of God.” 'The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up” (3:2). Moses went over to look at the bush, and the Lord called to him from the bush and told him to remove his sandals because the ground he was standing on was holy ground.
Then God told Moses, ''I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob'” (3:6). He said that He had seen the misery of His people in Egypt and had heard their cries, and He had come down to rescue them from their bondage and deliver them to a land of milk and honey. Then God told Moses, ''Now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt'” (3:10).
But Moses started making excuses. He did not think he was good enough or big enough to do the task. God told Moses to assemble the elders of Israel and tell them that the Lord God had sent him. He said that the elders would listen to Moses. He instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord God (3:18). God told Moses that He would stretch out His hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that He would perform among them.
Moses again began making excuses. ''What if they do not believe me?'” he asked (4:1). So God showed Moses two demonstrations of His power (4:2-9). Then Moses told the Lord, ''I am slow of speech and tongue'” (v. 10). And in verse 13 Moses asked God to send someone else!
'Then the Lord's anger burned against Moses,” and He told Moses that He would send Aaron, Moses' brother, to go with him to do the talking (vv. 14-16). God told Moses to take his staff with him so he could perform miraculous signs with it. He also told Moses that all the men who wanted to kill him were dead.
Then Moses asked his father-in-law for permission to go back to Egypt, and Jethro consented. So Moses took his family and started back to Egypt.
When they stopped at a place to rest, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah, Moses' wife, stepped in and circumcised their son. ''Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,'” she told Moses. Then the Lord let Moses live.
Why was God angry with Moses? God had made a covenant with Abraham concerning circumcision in Genesis 17:9-14. Go back and read these verses.
Next, the Lord spoke to Aaron and told him to go meet Moses in the desert (Exodus 4:27). So Aaron went and met Moses, and Moses told Aaron everything God had told him to do. Then Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of Israel, and Aaron did the speaking for Moses and told them everything God had said. 'He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped” (4:30-31).Read the two chapters carefully, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Exodus 3 to 4 Worksheet
Moses was tending the flocks near Mount _____, the 'mountain of ___” (3:1).
'The angel of the Lord appeared to him in ______ of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not _____ up” (3:2).
The ____ called to Moses from the bush and told him to remove his sandals because the ground he was standing on was ____ ground (3:4-5).
God told Moses that He had seen the ______ of His people in Egypt and had heard their cries (3:7).
He told Moses that He was sending _____ to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (3:10).
But Moses started making _______. ''Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and _____ the Israelites out of Egypt?'” (3:11).
'God said, 'I will be with you. And this will be the ____ to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this ________'” (3:12).
God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites take a three-day journey into the desert to offer __________ to the Lord God (3:18).
God told Moses, ''I will _______ out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the _______ that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go'” (4:20).
Moses again began making ________. ''What if they do not _______ me?'” he asked (4:1).
After seeing two demonstrations of God's ______, Moses asked God to send someone else (4:13).
God told Moses that He would send _____ to go with him to do the _______ (4:14-16).
Moses took his ______ and started back to Egypt, and he took the _____ of God in his hand (4:20).
'He also performed the _____ before the people, and they ________” (4:30).
Memory Verse: 'You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked” (Psalm 91:8).
Exodus 3 to 4
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Exodus 3:19 Exodus 4:14 Exodus 4:31 Exodus 4:2
Exodus 3:10 Exodus 4:22 Exodus 3:17 Exodus 4:6
'Then the Lord said, 'Put your hand inside your _____.' So Moses put his Exodus ______
hand inside his _____, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like _____.”
'Then the Lord's anger burned against _____ and he said, 'What about Exodus ______
your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can _____ well.'”
''But I know that the ____ of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand Exodus ______
''So now, go. I am _______ you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites Exodus ______
''I have ________ to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land Exodus ______
of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a
land flowing with milk and honey.'”
''Then say to _______, 'This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, Exodus ______
and I told you, 'Let my son go, so he may _______ me.' But you refused to let
him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.”'”
'Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your ____?'” Exodus ______
'When they heard that the Lord was _________ about them and had seen their Exodus ______
misery, they ______ down and worshiped.”