The Lord Gives Great Power to Moses
- 1 Moses asked the Lord, Suppose everyone refuses to
listen to my message, and no one believes that you really appeared
2 The Lord answered, Whats
that in your hand?
A walking stick, Moses replied.
3 Throw it down! the Lord
commanded. So Moses threw the stick on the ground. It immediately
turned into a snake, and Moses jumped back.
4 Pick it up by the tail!
the Lord told him. And when Moses did this, the snake turned
back into a walking stick.
5 Do this, the Lord said,
and the Israelites will believe that you have seen me,
the God who was worshiped by their ancestors Abraham, Isaac,
6 Next, the Lord commanded Moses, Put
your hand inside your shirt. Moses obeyed, and when he
took it out, his hand had turned white as snowlike someone
7 Put your hand back inside your
shirt, the Lord told him. Moses did so, and when he took
it out again, it was as healthy as the rest of his body.
8 Then the Lord said, If no one
believes either of these miracles, take some water from the Nile
River and pour it on the ground. The water will immediately turn
10 Moses replied, I have never
been a good speaker. I wasnt one before you spoke to me,
and Im not one now. I am slow at speaking, and I can never
think of what to say.
11 But the Lord answered, Who makes
people able to speak or makes them deaf or unable to speak? Who
gives them sight or makes them blind? Dont you know that
I am the one who does these things? 12 Now go! When you speak,
I will be with you and give you the words to say.
13 Moses begged, Lord, please send
someone else to do it.
- 14 The Lord became irritated with Moses and said:
What about your brother Aaron, the Levite?
I know he is a good speaker. He is already on his way here to
visit you, and he will be happy to see you again. 15 Aaron will
speak to the people for you, and you will be like me, telling
Aaron what to say. I will be with both of you as you speak, and
I will tell each of you what to do. 17 Now take this walking
stick and use it to perform miracles.
Moses Returns to Egypt
- 18 Moses went to his father-in-law
Jethro and asked, Please let me return to Egypt to see
if any of my people are still alive.
All right, Jethro replied.
I hope all goes well.
19 But even before this, the Lord had
told Moses, Leave the land of Midian and return to Egypt.
Everyone who wanted to kill you is dead. 20 So Moses put
his wife and sons on donkeys and headed for Egypt, holding the
walking stick that had the power of God.
- 21 On the way the Lord said to Moses:
When you get to Egypt, go to the king
and work the miracles I have shown you. But I will make him so
stubborn that he will refuse to let my people go. 22 Then tell
him that I have said, Israel is my first-born son, 23 and
I commanded you to release him, so he could worship me. But you
refused, and now I will kill your first-born son.
- 24 One night while Moses was in camp,
the Lord was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah circumcised her
son with a flint knife. She touched his legs with the skin she
had cut off and said, My dear son, this blood will protect
you. 26 So the Lord did not harm Moses. Then Zipporah said,
Yes, my dear, you are safe because of this circumcision.
Aaron Is Sent To Meet Moses
27 The Lord sent Aaron to meet Moses
in the desert. So Aaron met Moses at Mount Sinai and greeted him
with a kiss. 28 Moses told Aaron what God had sent him to say;
he also told him about the miracles God had given him the power
29 Later they brought together the leaders
of Israel, 30 and Aaron told them what the Lord had sent Moses
to say. Then Moses worked the miracles for the people, 31 and
everyone believed. They bowed down and worshiped the Lord because
they knew that he had seen their suffering and was going to help
The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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